Hitachi Connect 2015: HDS bolsters IoT and data analytics portfolio

Recent acquisitions see HDS unveil new systems to boost social innovation strategy

Due to a recent string of acquisitions, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has launched a range of products to extend its reach into the internet of things (IoT) and data analytics markets.

As part of its Internet of Things Advances Social Innovation strategy, the supplier unveiled its three products at Hitachi Connect 2015 in Las Vegas.

The company has acquired several businesses over the past year, in line with its social innovation and analytics business. These include Avrio, oXya, Pantascene and Pentaho.

The latest additions to the product portfolio are Hitachi Live Insight for IT Operations, Hitachi Clinical Repository for Connected Health, and Hitachi Live Insight Center of Excellence.

Hitachi Live Insight for IT Operations is a cloud-based machine-to-machine (M2M) analytics system designed to help customers analyse the data in their own datacentre, ranging from enterprise applications and data storage to power distribution units and temperature sensors. The system aims to identify the root cause of datacentre outages.

Hitachi Clinical Repository (HCR) for Connected Health has been expanded to include secure mobile access. The data analytics system enables healthcare professionals to optimise patient care via a data repository where all clinical and non-clinical data is stored and accessed, for real-time decision-making on prescriptions and treatments.

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Hitachi Live Insight Center of Excellence is designed to aid customers in testing, customising and deploying advanced data analytics systems, applications and platforms.  

Kevin Eggleston, senior vice-president of social innovation and global industries at HDS, said: “From data scientists to data algorithms, machine-to-machine (M2M) and big data analytics, and operational technology, we have the abundant resources and embedded expertise to help organisations address real-world challenges through data innovation and accomplish more in the areas that matter most.”

Art Acevedo, chief of police at with Austin Police Department, said: “HDS systems aim to drive significant progress in areas of public safety, ranging from more connected city infrastructure to increased intelligence, helping government agencies combat crime.

“With the increase in shared data across agencies, various departments will be better able to collaborate on actionable intelligence, helping to effectively suppress crime in the most cost-effective manner.”

Allen Gharapetian, vice-president of marketing and product development for Clarion Corporation of America, which partnered with HDS on Hitachi Live Insight for IT Operations, said the system provides M2M analytics to deliver “always-on in-vehicle connectivity” which makes “driving and travelling safer, more entertaining and significantly more personalised.”

“We are excited about our ongoing partnership with Hitachi Data Systems and look forward to working with it to make this vision a reality in 2015,” said Gharapetian. 

The end of 2014 saw HDS dive into its social innovation strategy, announcing that it planned to make society safer and more secure.

Announced at the Hitachi Innovation Forum in Tokyo in September, the company took the opportunity to showcase how Hitachi’s technology is used to improve the ways that cities operate.

The product range announced at Hitachi Connect 2015 ties in with several other social innovation announcements made last year, such as Hitachi Virtualization, a system which aims to foster public safety through “connected intelligence” as part of its recently created public safety business. The area when it bought public safety technology firms Pantascene and Avrio RMS Group in 2014.

Combining the internet of things, big data analytics and IT infrastructure technologies, the Hitachi Virtualization system includes capture devices called Hitachi Visualization Platform (HVP) and an integrated map-based software platform called Hitachi Visualization Suite (HVS) to pull together disparate data.

Video-capture and gateway devices with wireless networked data and video feeds integrate with private video feeds for services such as licence plate recognition and gunshot detection.

The data is then aggregated through the cloud-based Hitachi Visualization Suite into a common, live operating picture. HVS analytics software also uses information from public sources such as social media and online news to search for correlations or anomalies.

During Hitachi’s Innovation Forum in Tokyo, vice-president of solutions marketing at HDS Ravi Chalaka announced six systems – one of them being Hitachi Virtualization.

The other five were Hitachi Insight Platform for telco analytics, Hitachi Connected Health, Hitachi Connected Cars, Hitachi Connected Energy and Hitachi Connected Machine.

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