Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is now making big strides into smart cities, Internet of Things, and analytics. Branded as social innovation solutions, HDS is integrating Big Data analytics and IoT with its domain expertise. The company is seeking to partner with various government agencies in Asia Pacific to drive the agenda of smart cities.
HDS has been on a buying spree acquiring companies that complement its strengths. Within the last two years, it acquired Avrio, Pantascene, oXya, and Pentaho. Pantascene specializes in integrating video with sensor data to enhance public safety. It is used by investigative agencies and police departments to handle emergencies. This technology plays a crucial role in delivering HDS’ social innovation. In March 2015, HDS announced that it is acquiring oXya, a system integrator focused on deploying SAP in cloud environments. This acquisition helped HDS extend its portfolio of managed cloud services targeting SAP and SAP Hana deployments. The latest addition to HDS came in the form of Pentaho, the leader in Big Data and business analytics. These additions augmented Hitachi Data System’s technology stack to handle the emerging trends of IoT and analytics.
Adrian De Luca, CTO for APAC region, believes that there is a $20 billion opportunity in the smart city segment just within the APAC region.