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Information and Control Systems

—Open Innovation Achieved through Symbiotic Autonomous Decentralization—

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Information and Control Systems

—Open Innovation Achieved through Symbiotic Autonomous Decentralization—

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THE manufacturing industry in particular has been home to considerable activity in recent years targeting new innovations based on the IoT. This has included standardization initiatives and the creation of ecosystems that tie together the manufacturing and IT industries, with the launch in the USA of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) led by General Electric Company (GE), and the launch in Germany of the government-led Industrie 4.0 initiative.

The aims of the IoT can be broadly divided into improving the efficiency of the producers of things*1, and improving convenience for the users of these things. Smarter production can be achieved by producers using the IoT in plants and equipment to deliver benefits such as higher productivity and lower inventory. Industrie 4.0 is primarily focused on this aspect, seeking to achieve three forms of integration, namely vertical integration to link management and production facilities, horizontal integration to link factories together, and end-to-end digital integration to tie together design, manufacturing, and maintenance.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Naohiko Irie, Dr. Eng.

  • Center for Technology Innovation – Controls, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in research and development on platforms and products based on the symbiotic autonomous decentralization concept.
  • Dr. Irie is a member of the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ).

Akihiro Ohashi

  • Control System Platform Division, Services & Platforms Business Unit, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in coordinating the development of symbiotic autonomous decentralized platforms and information & control system platforms.
  • Mr. Ohashi is a member of the IPSJ.

Takeshi Onodera

Business Development Division, Information System Platform Division, Services & Platforms Business Unit, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in formulating business strategy based on the symbiotic autonomous decentralization concept.

Hiromitsu Kato, Ph.D.

  • Infrastructure Systems Research Department, Center for Technology Innovation – Systems Engineering, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in the research and development of system technologies for implementing symbiotic autonomous decentralization.
  • Dr. Kato is a member of the IEEE.
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