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Information and Control SystemsVolume 65 Number 5 June 2016

Amid emerging trends seeking to create new social and market ecosystems that take advantage of rapid advances in the IoT, Hitachi is engaging in the development of information and control systems based on the symbiotic autonomous decentralization concept. This issue of Hitachi Review describes how Hitachi is achieving efficient control of critical infrastructural systems, and the core technologies that underpin this work.


    Symbiotic Autonomous Decentralized Platforms for Faster Fusion of Control and Information

    New uses for IT are leading to growing activity in initiatives aimed at innovation in manufacturing and other parts of the social infrastructure. Drawing on the strength of its experience in control systems for social infrastructure and other industries, Hitachi is also working on fusing these with information systems.

    From the Editor

    Yasuhiro Nakatsuka

    The social system challenges that have come to prominence in recent years include global warming, insufficient maintenance of aging infrastructure, a low birth rate, and an aging population. Meanwhile, the Internet of things (IoT), which connects numerous devices to networks, has made rapid advances that are giving rise to a trend toward its use in the creation of new societies, markets, and ecosystems.

    Expert Insights

    Social Innovation in a Digital World: the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    In 2015, the Internet of things (IoT) consisted of about 15 billion connected devices. The data gathered by these smartphones, radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips, and wireless sensors is fuelling web-based services that have disrupted sectors such as transportation and media. But the big changes are yet to come. In 2020, we expect there to be more than 30 billion connected devices.


    Information and Control Systems —Open Innovation Achieved through Symbiotic Autonomous Decentralization—

    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.

    Featured Articles

    Examples by Sector

    Energy Infrastructure and ICT Systems
    Katsunori Nagai, Masahiro Murakami, Kazuyoshi Oowada, Takashi Fukumoto, Yasuo Sato, Takashi Matsubara
    Traffic Management Systems for Expanding Shinkansen Network with Trouble-free Operation of Mutual Direct Trains
    Takahiro Sugai, Hitoshi Tanabe, Shuujirou Tamura, Yoshihiko Tsuchiya, Masahiko Isogai, Kenji Ohta, Tetsunari Yamami, Makoto Sato
    Energy Management and Application of Symbiotic Autonomous Decentralization Concept to Water Supply and Sewage
    Hideyuki Tadokoro, Kenji Fujii, Takeshi Takemoto, Ichirou Yamanoi, Hitoshi Saito
    Advances in Steel Industry Control Systems in Era of IoT
    Ken Kuribayashi, Shoichi Kasuya, Takuya Takeuchi, Yoshitoshi Akita, Hajime Takahashi
    Next Generation of Global Production Management Using Sensing and Analysis Technology
    Hideya Isaka, Hiroto Nagayoshi, Hiroshi Yoshikawa, Toshihiro Yamada, Nobuhiro Kakeno

    Platform Technologies

    Image Sensing Techniques for Analysis and Interpretation of Surveillance Video
    Satoshi Nakata, Tomokazu Murakami, Wataru Ebihara, Ichiro Ote, Hiroshi Koya
    Next-generation IoT-based Production System for High-mix Low-volume Products in an Era of Globalization—Activities at Hitachi’s Omika Works—
    Ryo Onizawa, Toshiko Takamura, Masataka Tanaka, Shuichi Motohashi
    International Standardization Activities for Hitachi System Security Concept and Social Infrastructure Security Based on It
    Toshihiko Nakano, Hideki Tonooka, Masashi Sato, Tadashi Kaji, Yoichi Nonaka
    Information and Control Platform for Utilization of Plant Data
    Hideki Osonoi, Takahiro Ohira, Kei Takezawa, Takuma Nishimura, Daisuke Yokota, Shunsuke Mori