Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo and fitness club operator Renaissance have signed an agreement to combine Docomo’s mobile healthcare platform with Renaissance’s network of fitness facilities. The agreement is part of Docomo’s ‘+d’ initiative, which was launched in April 2015 to create added value for the operator through cooperation with business partners.
Beginning in the fall of 2015, Docomo will offer health management services to employees and individuals through enterprises, health-insurance cooperatives and local governments. Users will wear a wristband-type device called the moveband that records daily walking steps, sleep time and other vital information. The data will be stored in the cloud on Docomo Healthcare’s Watashi-move healthcare platform, enabling Renaissance’s professional fitness instructors and nutritionists to analyze the data and then offer personalized fitness plans and health consultation for users.
Docomo’s Fit-Link customer-management service for the fitness club industry will also be introduced at Renaissance fitness facilities during the year. The service will enable members to collect data while working out in gyms as well as during the rest of their daily lives. In another initiative, Docomo Bikeshare will set up a shared-bicycle “parking port” at Sports Club & Spa Renaissance Hiroshima Ball Park Town in Hiroshima Prefecture in June, and subsequently at other Renaissance fitness facilities nationwide. Docomo and Renaissance also plan to offer mobile-supported healthcare services for individuals, companies and public-sector bodies in the future.