Hitachi Wrapping IoT in Social Innovation
Hitachi's Social Innovation unit is looking at a broad range of industries, from urban development, energy and health care to telco IT, transport and logistics, manufacturing and construction, water and natural resources. The blueprint for the Social Innovation initiative shows a smart analytics framework and IoT platform sitting atop the infrastructure and cloud platform and collecting, storing, managing securing and analyzing data from multiple sources, including machines (RFID tags and sensors), people (social media, video, images and audio) and businesses (email, documents and structure data). On top of that are the services to build and deploy solutions that can be used in a range of areas, from smart cities (traffic, waste, energy and safety) and smart business (telco, financial, health care and IT) to smart environment (wind, water, solar and microgrids) to smart industry (mining, manufacturing, oil and gas). At the core of the analytics framework is Pentaho, which brings data integration and discovery and predictive analytics. Gardner said the Social Innovation business unit has "got critical mass." The company has more than 500 data scientists and researchers worldwide, seven Centers for Social Innovation globally, more than 600 employees dedicated to the Social Innovation effort in the Americas and more than 75 resources in the Hitachi Live Insight Center of Excellence, which launched in April and offers a broad array of solutions, services, best practices and consulting.Along with Pentaho, Hitachi also has bought other companies to support its Social Innovation efforts, including Avrio RMS, which designed wireless IP surveillance systems, Pantascene, which provided applications for video and sensor interoperability, and Sepaton, which built data protection appliances.
The group already has some products in the market, proof-of-concepts in place and a growing roster of partners, she said.