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HDS’ Social Innovation business to support smart cities

Nurdianah Md Nur | March 16, 2016
The initiative aims to leverage HDS’ solutions to address critical business and societal challenges, says Hu Yoshida, HDS' CTO.

We have worked with a number of government agencies in APAC on transportation, health, water, desalination, and energy projects. We have built smart cities in Kashiwa-no-ha, Japan and Dalian, China, and are actively engaged with transportation projects in Vietnam and the Philippines. Hitachi also has a number of projects under consideration in Singapore. 

Moving forward, how does HDS aim to further support Asian cities to become a smart(er) city?

Hitachi, Ltd recently announced the appointment of Ichiro Iino as Chief Executive for Asia Pacific, who will be responsible to grow Hitachi's "Social Innovation Business" in ASEAN, India, Korea and Oceania. Iino will have autonomous authority to make investments in new business areas where growth is expected. He is headquartered in Singapore, where the nation's Smart Nation Vision offers many opportunities for investment and growth.

Hitachi has also invested about S$1 billion in IoT and big data research and development (R&D) to date. It will continue providing innovative solutions to integrate IT and OT (Operational technologies) for smart cities and smart nations. For instance, the Hitachi Hyper Scale-Out Platform provides organisations with a cloud and IoT-ready infrastructure for big data deployments, and a pay-as-you-go model that scales with business growth. It is embedded with business analytics and simplified data management, as well as offers native integration with Pentaho Enterprise Platform, to help ogranisations maximise the value of their IT and OT investments and accelerate their path to digital transformation.


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