Sony is looking to bolster its new Internet of Things (IoT) business by expanding into Europe this year, the company's mobile chief told CNBC, as the Japanese electronics giant seeks out new avenues of growth.
The internet of things refers to devices from thermostats to smartwatches which are all connected to the internet.
Last July, Sony set up an IoT business in Japan which is currently very small, consisting of between 20 to 30 people. It is currently housed under the "mobile communications" segment of the company's earnings.
It is now planning to expand the business to Europe this year as interest in the IoT rises.
"Currently our IoT business group is 20 or 30 people. In Europe we will set up that sort of size at the initial stage and try to expand gradually," Hiroki Totoki, the chief executive of Sony's mobile business, told CNBC last week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
"In 2016, we have to do a lot of trials and a lot of test case(s) we have to develop."