IBM and Apple said today that they would be working with Japan Post, the country’s postal service, to deliver four to five million iPads outfitted with IBM software to seniors in Japan by 2020.
The collaboration between Apple and IBM is an extension of the partnership the two companies announced last year as they hope to put more iOS devices and IBM software into offices. Last July, Apple and IBM said that they would introduce over 100 industry-specific apps for iPhones and iPads to entice IT departments to buy Apple for their offices. This latest project with Japan Post will be similar in that IBM will design wellness apps and analytics software for iOS to serve an aging population.
The initiative will be a part of an existing Japan Post service called Watch Over in which post deliverers check in on senior citizens and report their status to family members for a monthly fee equivalent to about $8.40, according to the Wall Street Journal. Apple and IBM will run a pilot program in the second half of this year.