Hitachi's New IoT Unit Launches Smart Cities Service
The newly minted Hitachi Insight Group is launching a new smart city offering designed to make data from public and private providers more easily accessible to city leaders, businesses and residents in order to give them the tools to make their communities more sustainable and prosperous.
Company officials on May 18 introduced the City Data Exchange, a new service for the city of Copenhagen that will help the city in its goal to become carbon-neutral by 2025 and will contribute to improving the lives of citizens and bolster the economy, they said.
It's an offering that Hitachi Insight Group engineers developed over the past year, including the solution itself and the first set of applications, according to company officials. It's been tested using real data and in collaboration with an array of partners that are contributing data to the service. The goal is to offer a way for the various stakeholders within the Copenhagen community to more easily access public and private data that may have been available before but in a fragmented way. The data can then be used to improve the functions of the city and its residents.
"Data is the fuel powering our digital world, but in most cities, it is unused," said Hans Lindeman, senior vice president for Hitachi Insight Group in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. "Even where data sits in public, freely accessible databases, the cost of extracting and processing it can easily outweigh the benefits. With the City Data Exchange, Hitachi does all the heavy lifting: We are the connection between organizations holding the data and the people who urgently need them to help the citizens of Copenhagen."
Hitachi Insight Group unveils City Data Exchange for making public and private data more easily accessible to city leaders, businesses and residents.
The City Data Exchange is part of Hitachi's larger ambitions to become a significant player in the emerging Internet of things (IoT) space. Officials with the massive international conglomerate have said the company for decades has been building systems and devices in such industries as energy, transportation, utilities, financial services, government and cities as well as the technologies to connect these systems and to collect and analyze the data generated by them.