Seattle startup working on a container-based method for deploying IoT apps just got a little more runway to build out that product.

Seattle based startup that works on a container-based method for deploying IoT apps has raised $5 million round from Soracom, a division of massive Japanese wireless carrier KDDI Corp. Soracom, which makes wireless technology designed to connect devices within industrial internet of things setups, is also partnering with on forthcoming products that will work more closely together.

The $5 million is in addition to the $12 million the startup had previously raised in equity rounds from DFJGE Ventures, and Aspect Ventures.   

The investment is the first from the Soracom IoT Fund Program, a component of the KDDI Open Innovation Fund III recently launched by KDDI Corporation, Soracom’s parent company and Japan’s second-largest telecommunication service provider. The mission of the Soracom Fund is to identify and support innovative companies advancing the state-of-the-art in IoT.

Founded in 2013, makes a software-development platform based on a custom version of Linux that helps users build and deploy IoT applications for devices. The company’s software also uses a Docker-compatible container engine that helps developers update their applications much more easily than they could if they had to update each and every IoT device on a rolling basis.

The company, now up to 50 employees, chose to set up shop in Seattle back in 2015 in part because of the area’s rich history of manufacturing and industrial operations, founder and CEO Alexandros Marinos told GeekWire at the time. Previous investors include Draper Fisher Jurvetson, GE, Ericsson, and Aspect Ventures.

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