1. Hitachi-UTokyo Laboratory: Habitat Innovation Project
Through the Habitat Innovation Project, the Hitachi-UTokyo Laboratory is engaging in collaborative creation with The University of Tokyo on spreading their vision of what cities will look like in Society 5.0, identifying the challenges that will need to be overcome to achieve this, and developing the policies and technologies for doing so.
The cities of the future envisaged by the project will be able to solve the challenges they face while also improving quality of life (QoL) for individuals, with the city’s data providing a basis for this activity. As achieving this will require the design of systems for handling data, the development of ways of using it, and the building up of knowledge about the public acceptance of technology, these are the main focus of the project. In parallel with this, work is also proceeding on the practical implementation of policies and technologies for resolving issues in actual cities.
In Matsuyama City in Ehime Prefecture, the site of one such demonstration project, Hitachi is working with Urban Design Center Matsuyama (UDCM) on participatory urban development through Cyber-PoC for Cities, an application of NEXPERIENCE to urban management. A visualization tool was installed at the center in March 2019 and a workshop was held with local businesses.
In the future, Hitachi plans to draw on the knowledge gained from further workshops to develop practices for participatory urban development and to identify the requirements for data platforms for data-driven urban development.