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In April 2010, Hitachi established the Smart City Business Management Division for proposing new cities that will be comfortable and environmentally conscious. These cities would mainly be in emerging economies that are continuing to invest heavily in infrastructure. Hitachi designs cities with a vision giving consideration to lifestyles and values. These cities would efficiently and stably supply electricity and sewage systems as well as provide and treat water, enabling balanced demand and supply. They would also deliver safe, convenient, and energy-saving transportation, advanced medicine and education, and government services. All these services would be part of a comprehensive social infrastructure package that is linked and managed by safe, high-capacity information and telecommunications systems using cloud technology and eco-conscious data centers. Hitachi’s vision for next-generation smart cities: ensuring comfortable living spaces while reducing the environmental burden. Cities would grow and develop sustainably and be distinctively attractive for citizens.
Room temperatures and lighting adjust automatically according to the season, weather, and lifestyle requirements. A day in a next-generation smart city starts in comfort.
An information terminal suggests the safest, easiest, and most ecologically conscious transportation route for the day. People could choose from public transportation, car pools, or rental bicycles.
Offices would run on natural energy and recycle heat, water, and other resources. Air conditioners and elevators would be environmentally conscious. Recycled water would feed Green Curtains.
The community would connect schools and public centers in various towns and countries to provide life-long learning and remote learning. Senior citizens would safely and easily go out in their electric carts.
Cities would be green and care for their water resources. They would purify water discharged from households and factories, collecting rainwater and recycling it for park fountains and greenery.
Wristband monitors would check health daily. Telemedicine would provide access to specialists at local hospitals. People would enjoy healthy and secure lives.
CO2 emissions from foods would be checked according to production and transportation methods. Mobile terminals would check refrigerators to reduce shopping for unnecessary items and cut waste.
People would return to smart homes that can use solar, wind power and other natural energy efficiently, relaxing with their families. Electric vehicles would be charged at night, when power use is low.
To support lifestyles, Hitachi has long been an innovator of such social infrastructure systems as energy, transportation, water, and telecommunications. We believe our mission is to bring to the world our Corporate Credo: “contribute to society through the development of superior, original technology and products.”
We propose solutions that link infrastructural components by integrating social infrastructure systems with IT and telecommunications. The Hitachi Group contributes to create a sustainable society by building next-generation smart cities that maintain an effective relationship between people and the earth.