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IoT Platform that Expands the Social Innovation Business

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The IoT platform business has been centered in the USA until recently, with the mainstream type of businesses providing solutions for making effective use of equipment by collecting the equipment’s data in the cloud, and analyzing them. However, just analyzing a company’s own equipment data may not always be enough when attention shifts to solving the customer’s management challenges. It should also try to connect various kinds of IT/OT systems encompassing existing and other companies’ products, and feed the analysis results back into site operations to help improve overall efficiency. Hitachi has proposed an IoT platform with the features needed to achieve these goals. This article mainly presents the architecture of this IoT platform and the basic function groups comprising it. It also discusses the work Hitachi is doing with respect to security, an area that will become increasingly needed in the years ahead.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Seishi Hanaoka, Ph.D.

Network Research Department, Center for Technology Innovation - Information and Telecommunications, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in the research and development of IoT connectivity, networking, and data distribution. Dr. Hanaoka is a member of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE, Senior member), and the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS).

Yuichi Taguchi

Cloud Research Department, Center for Technology Innovation - Information and Telecommunications, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in the research and development of cloud services. Mr. Taguchi is a member of the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ).

Tomohiro Nakamura, Ph.D.

Computing Research Department, Center for Technology Innovation - Information and Telecommunications, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in the development of computing systems for big data analysis. Dr. Nakamura is a member of the IPSJ, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

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 systems development technology for implementing symbiotic autonomous decentralized systems. Dr. Kato is a member of the IEEE.

Tadashi Kaji, Ph.D.

Security Research Department, Center for Technology Innovation - System Engineering, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in research on security design methods,security operation management, and security element technologies. Dr. Kaji is a member of the IEEE CS.

Hironori Komi

Media Systems Research Department, Center for Technology Innovation - System Engineering, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in research on intelligent media processing systems. Mr. Komi is a member of the Institute of Image Information, and Television Engineers (ITE).

Norihiko Moriwaki, Ph.D.

Intelligent Information Research Department, Center for Technology Innovation - Systems Engineering, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in the research and development of human information systems and AI. Dr. Moriwaki is a member of the IEICE, the Japan Society for Management Information (JASMIN), and the Association for Information Systems (AIS).

Nobuaki Kohinata

Strategic Planning Division, Services and Platforms Business Unit, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in the development of strategic business plans for the IoT platform business. Mr. Kohinata is a member of the IEICE.

Ken Wood

Pentaho Labs. He is currently leading an all-star team of innovators and thought leaders in the areas of data integration, big data, and machine learning technologies.

Tetsuya Hashimoto

Big Data Validation Center, Big Data Solutions and Services, IoT & Cloud Services Business Division, Service Platform Business Division Group, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in the development of big data solutions. Mr. Hashimoto is a member of the IPSJ.

Yuuji Takamura

Social Innovation & Telecommunication Division, Social Infrastructure Information Systems Division, Information & Communication Technology Business Division, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in the development of solutions utilizing high performance platforms for IoT.

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