TOKYO: Hitachi Insight Group, the new global group formed for driving Hitachi's global unified Internet of Things (IoT) business and strategy, announces the launch of an Internet of Things (IoT) core platform, Lumada. Lumada is created to enhance Hitachi’s existing portfolio IoT solutions and support the development of new solutions and services.
Lumada is an IoT core platform consisting of an open and adaptable architecture that simplifies IoT solution creation and customization with Hitachi’s portfolio of services and solutions. The IoT core platform includes Hitachi’s expertise in the fields of operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) that combines data orchestration, streaming analytics, content intelligence, simulation models, and other Hitachi software technologies.
Lumada aims to accelerate the synthesizing of actionable insights to deliver faster time to value and provide better decisions for its customers in the real world. Benefits include increased productivity and safety, streamlined processing, reduced operational costs, reduced carbon footprint or improved quality of life.
Digital transformation is essential for many public and private sector organizations looking to optimize processes, execute better efficiencies and improve interactions with their customers. On the same note, IoT solutions promises digital transformation and is being adopted at higher rates globally by various industries and market sectors.
Lumada’s open and adaptable architecture makes it suitable for a wide array of industries and use cases by providing a flexible platform from which Hitachi and its customers and partners can easily customize solutions or co-create.
Lumada provides a comprehensive framework of key IoT solution building blocks that include edge device and connectivity integration, application integration, data integration and orchestration, data repositories, stream and batch data processing, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, simulation tools, repeatable solution blueprints, and enterprise services. Lumada includes three key qualities that make it unque. They are open, adaptable and verified.
Lumada offers an open, flexible architecture that simplifies integration with complementary technologies from Hitachi's IoT partner ecosystem and provides an extensible foundation from which to build solutions for a variety of industry applications. It was specifically designed to encourage and support open innovation, co-creation and accelerated solution development with Hitachi's partners, global system integrators (GSIs) and customers.
Lumada provides a more flexible approach to IoT solution development. Its heterogeneous architecture allows it to support a range of IoT applications and partner technologies to support more highly agile environments that are easier to build-on and extend. This provides comprehensive support for digital ecosystems across multiple industries.
Lumada's solution cores are packaged as repeatable blueprints that can be tailored to support a variety of industries and applications, such as predictive maintenance, city data exchanges, connected healthcare, intelligent transportation, oil and gas and sustainable energy. The platform allows users to easily select and integrate only the components that best fit their specific use case to simplify customization and further streamline the solution creation process for the fastest time to value.
Lumada is architected from trusted Hitachi commercial technologies, including Pentaho's advanced data orchestration, visualization and analytics software and Hitachi Streaming Data Platform (HSDP), used in a range of Hitachi technologies and solutions. Lumada also provides a variety of Hitachi control systems, including manufacturing production systems, algorithms and controllers to support a range of industry applications and content intelligence for advanced metadata management.
"IoT platforms unquestionably have an important role to play in the development and deployment of IoT solutions. However, they can introduce new layers of complexities, which can hinder the implementation and benefits of the solutions themselves," says Christian Renaud, research director, IoT, at 451 Research. "While it is still very early days in the IoT platform market, the landscape is crowded, making it difficult for new vendors to differentiate themselves. Hitachi's extensive expertise in OT and IT gives them a unique understanding of the fundamental requirements to build and deploy IoT solutions at scale. This allows Hitachi to help customers get actionable business insight that translates into real business value, faster."