Hitachi Develops IoT Platform for Buildings’ High Added Value Required for the New Normal

By Shin Kai

Company and Product News

Hitachi, Ltd. announced that it has developed an IoT platform that brings to buildings the high added value required for the new normal, including high efficiency of building management and improved comfort for building users.  Hitachi will launch the IoT platform in 2020 as a new Lumada solution in the field of buildings, in Japan.

Hitachi's IoT platform for buildings was developed using Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Dynamics 365.  Moving forward, Hitachi will deepen its Collaborative Creation with Microsoft Japan under its newly commenced partnership system, the Lumada Alliance Program to develop solutions in the field of buildings and accelerate the overseas expansion of these solutions.

The IoT platform for buildings is a solution for developers that enables comprehensive remote monitoring and analysis of the operating status of building equipment, including elevators, escalators, and air-conditioning systems.  Intended mainly for large buildings, it also enables users to simultaneously monitor and analyze multiple buildings.  In addition, it combines and analyzes data about building equipment and the flow of people, including the crowdedness of each area of a building.  Thus, it improves building management efficiency and builds users' comfort, and it maintains and improves the quality of building operations.

Features of the IoT platform for buildings include:

1. Improving Building Management Efficiency
The platform makes it possible to comprehensively monitor the various equipment of multiple buildings remotely and visualize the status of use of the buildings.  This enables efficient janitorial and security work reflecting their status of use and the formulation of a maintenance plan based on building equipment conditions, thereby improving the efficiency and quality of building management.

2. Improving Building Users' Comfort
The platform cooperates with control systems of building equipment, such as elevators, escalators, and air-conditioning systems, based on data on the flow of people, including the crowdedness of each area of a building.  Thus, it enables building managers to ease congestion, change temperature settings according to the crowdedness of each area, and otherwise create a comfortable building environment.  It also provides information about the status of use and crowdedness of toilets, meeting spaces, and other areas, supporting building users to achieve workstyles and lifestyles that meet the needs of the new normal, including ensuring the efficient use of facilities and social distancing.

3. Maintaining and Improving the Quality of Building Operations
The platform maintains and improves the quality of the operations of multiple buildings by enabling users to benchmark the number of alerts activated, energy consumption, and other conditions within each building, to identify issues faced in operations, and consider improvement measures.

4. Enabling to Expand Services Easily by Open API
By incorporating standardized open API, the platform easily enables partner companies to add the new app, thereby expanding services.

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