IBM Signs Agreement With Japan Industrial Waste Technology Center to Upgrade Registration and Management System

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TOKYO - 06 Nov 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced an agreement with the Japan Industrial Waste Technology Center to upgrade its "JWNET" electronic manifest system for industrial waste. The electronic manifest system is a digital system that can manage the entire flow of online information exchanges on industrial waste to final processing between dischargers, collectors and transferors, and disposal contractors. The upgraded system will be launched in May 2010 and should provide a reliable and flexible infrastructure to correspond with the increasing number of registrations and transactions. The agreement was signed in October 2008.

The Japan Industrial Waste Technology Center manages waste processing related to industrial development, maintenance and overall improvement of the environment. It is the only organization defined by the Japanese government as an administrator of the electronic manifest system based on the nation's "Waste Management and Public Cleansing Law." The Japan Industrial Waste Technology Center has recently seen an increase in the number of users, data, and transactions of the system, generating more data to be managed and stored every year. At the same time, there is a growing need for industrial waste process transparency. To address these issues and provide steady operation, the Japan Industrial Waste Technology Center required a substantial re-development of its waste processing system.

The Japan Industrial Waste Technology Center decided to team with IBM in Japan after assessing IBM's broad experiences and skills. IBM will utilize industry knowledge gained from previous experiences in developing and operating environmental systems.

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