This week at Hitachi’s Next 2017 event in Las Vegas, Hitachi Ltd. and Hitachi Vantara announced Hitachi’s first commercial Lumada Internet of Things (IoT) platform offering.
In May of last year, Hitachi Insight Group, the global organization responsible for driving Hitachi’s global unified Internet of Things (IoT) business and strategy, introduced Lumada, a data-centric IoT platform. Lumada, which stands for “Illuminate the Data”, is a comprehensive, enterprise-grade IoT core platform with an open and adaptable architecture that simplifies IoT solution creation and customization. Lumada was designed to address the challenges associated with IoT solution creation by leveraging Hitachi’s unique OT and IT expertise and technologies. Lumada is an IoT platform that is designed for co-creation with customers and partners. It’s open and adaptable architecture can apply to a wide range of industries and use cases, where core solutions can be extended or repurposed across multiple verticals or easily tailored to specific situations.
On July 12th, Lumada was recognized by the MMIR 2017 excellence award for ICT products and services to support our smart society. MM Research Institute, which is a Marketing Research, Consulting, Promotion, Support and Publishing company with a focus on the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector, recognized Lumada for its global business leadership in the IoT area of smart solutions. This award was based on a survey of industry experts through internet questionnaires and direct interviews with companies.
Since then, Hitachi has hardened and optimized the Lumada IoT Platform based on numerous
Proof of concept (POC) and co-creation projects with its customers and partners, as well as in
its own factories. Now in its 2.0 release, Hitachi’s Lumada intelligent software platform includes
major upgrades, including new edge, core, analytics and studio components, edge and asset
SDKs, asset avatars, expanded advanced analytics and AI capabilities, feature-rich dashboards
and more. At the same time the Hitachi Insight Group was combined with Hitachi Data Systems and Pentaho to form a single integrated business as Hitachi NewCo to capitalize on Hitachi’s experience in both operational technologies and information technologies.
Here is a high level view of the basic components of the Lumada Platform architecture.
Edge connects to sensor data and transports it securely to the cloud and performs real-time analytics.
Core collects sensor data, manages assets in the field and runs asset avatars. (an avatar is a concept that uses digital information about a product to build a digital twin in virtual space. This concept has been proposed by NASA for its next generation aircraft development).
Analytics analyzes sensor data and refines it for insights using statistical tools and machine learning.
Studio acts on insights. It visualizes data, trends, and insights, issues commands, and automates operations.
Foundry runs industrial –grade software to deploy, repair, upgrade and scale services, security, support and licensing services. It can run in the cloud or on premise.
A recent report from IOT Analytics, lists 450 companies in the IoT platform space. Hitachi Lumada is differentiated by three key attributes.
Flexible: Most of our competitors have taken a cloud-only approach while a majority of
traditional enterprise and industrial customers we talk to are looking for on-premises deployment to address network latency, telematics costs and security concerns. The Lumada IoT Platform can be configured from a single server node to a cluster of nodes distributed across multiple servers to increase performance and scalability. Its unique modular architecture increases its adaptability to support customers’ existing business and IT environments, helping them to more rapidly achieve highly optimized outcomes
Composable: Unlike most IoT platforms on the market today, Lumada is composable and highly adaptable to support customers’ existing environments and business requirements as needed. Its modular, heterogeneous architecture ensures it can work with third-party solutions, giving customers the freedom to build the solution that works the best for their unique needs.
Co-creation. The Lumada IoT platform provides an open, flexible and intelligent foundation which allows Hitachi to leverage our extensive OT and IT experience with our customers and partners to co-create and tailor solutions to meet their specific needs. We also offer comprehensive services and support to help in all aspects of co-creation, deployment and even operations as needed
The value of an IoT platform is underscored by a recent quote from Christian Renaud, research director, IoT, at 451 Research.
“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. 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.”
The IoT appliance powered by Lumada reduces the need for specialized IoT and IT skill sets and gives your organization back time that would otherwise be spent loading software and preparing infrastructure for IoT projects. The IoT appliance powered by Lumada answers the question, how do I get started with IoT? Customers looking to further increase the time-to-value of their IoT initiatives can use the Lumada IoT platform in concert with Hitachi co-creation services and leverage Hitachi’s expansive expertise in both OT and IT to create solutions tailored to their unique requirements.