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Leveraging the Right Data Technology for a Safer, Smarter Society

Posted by Christian Heiter on May 25, 2016 12:44:50 PM


In every sector, organizations are making more intelligent use of technology to deliver services and manage infrastructure more efficiently. In this data-driven move to create a safer, smarter society, they’re accruing a wealth of digital information on nearly every facet of civil life – from law enforcement and emergency response, to healthcare, critical infrastructure, transportation and energy.

As this social innovation unfolds, we’re producing data of unprecedented richness and scope, at rapidly growing volumes. We’re now faced with more information than we can process, which affects our ability to leverage it effectively. More than ever, we need efficient methods for collecting, storing, organizing, finding, accessing and analyzing data – the data that gives us the intelligence we need to make the informed, timely decisions vital to our communal quality of life.

A truly “smart” society knows how to optimize this abundance of data. So, what capabilities are most valuable to our digital transformation into a smart society?

Object Storage

Smart societies will continuously generate data that we’ll need to capture, store and process fast enough to give actionable insights. This means we’ll need a storage method that’s intelligent and supports growth, while making financial sense in the long term. It must also be able to store robust, disparate sets of data – ranging from simple sensor information to complex imaging – generated from machine and human sources.

Fundamental to Hitachi’s cloud repository strategy, object storage brings structure to large quantities of unstructured data. It attaches highly descriptive system and custom metadata to files and stores them as objects that are easier to track, search, sync and share. By design, object storage systems are scalable and self-protecting, without the need for additional backup. They’re built to support workloads with a single investment, so organizations – and the cities they compose – can simplify their infrastructure and save costs, while safely preserving massive amounts of historic data.  

The Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) is Hitachi’s implementation for object storage. Later in this blog, we’ll delve further into how it supports other solutions with metadata, archiving, search, intelligent automation and sharing capabilities.

Converged Infrastructure

With data coming from so many sources, smart societies will be defined by integration. Converged infrastructure (CI) breaks down silos among the disparate technologies that automate our buildings, transportation systems, surveillance systems and other parts of public infrastructure. It allows us to consolidate data from the various systems in place to form a holistic picture, helping us gain new situational awareness from existing resources.

In CI, each workload functions as a discrete, repeatable “building block”, with multiple workloads supported by a common infrastructure. This modular approach allows systems to be rapidly and efficiently deployed . With convergence, cities can operate with reduced complexity, lower costs, and actionable intelligence that helps them be more responsive to the needs of their residents.

Unified Compute Platform (UCP) is Hitachi’s implementation for CI, providing the essential infrastructure for a number of Hitachi solutions and other workloads.  

Data Analytics

While converged infrastructure centralizes data, analytics help us understand it. In a smart society, we must be able to use the data available to us to accurately describe situations, make predictions, and understand why things happened the way they did. Using historic and current data, smart societies can gain real-time insight to make informed decisions about public health and safety, operational efficiency, asset maintenance, sustainability, and other areas of municipal life. This supports a better quality of life for citizens and can save critical taxpayer dollars.

Pentaho is Hitachi’s data analysis implementation, allowing users to integrate data intelligence from disparate platforms with visual and predictive analytics.

A Suite of the Right Solutions

Supported by UCP and Pentaho, solutions like HCP, Hitachi Clinical Repository (HCR), and Hitachi Visualization Suite (HVS) combine the above capabilities. UCP provides the foundational infrastructure, while Pentaho is the “glue” that enables data correlation and analytics across different platforms. Together, these solutions can help public and private groups enhance their performance, security and interactivity.

Hitachi Content Platform

HCP uses object storage to help users gain control of the data deluge. It creates a single platform to govern and preserve enterprise data with intelligent archiving capabilities, scalable storage, custom metadata extraction and management features, and automated data placement. Users can control data mobility across clouds and storage tiers, and sync and share data across devices and offices – all within a federally compliant, secure environment.

Hitachi Clinical Repository

Meanwhile, HCR helps healthcare organizations manage huge data sets to accelerate research analysis and decision-making. It’s an object storage solution that helps create a connected health enterprise with the exchange of clinical data. The ability to mine metadata aids clinical decision-making, while scalability and security accommodate rapid growth and privacy requirements. HCR’s analytics and reporting deliver insight to help specialists make the right choices in reducing risk and improving productivity. By making the right information available to the right people in real time, HCR helps health organizations improve quality of care and produce better patient outcomes.

Hitachi Visualization Suite

HVS is built specifically for the smart community. It allows public safety officials to correlate disparate data and video systems within a single interface. HVS includes a video-management platform with edge-capture devices that integrate with gunshot detection, license plate recognition (LPR), facilities management, and 911 or computer aided dispatch (CAD) systems. This converged format connects a range of security assets with predictive analytics capabilities, helping law enforcement and emergency response teams achieve full situational awareness and faster response times. Communities gain a smarter solution that enhances public safety and the ability to prepare for and respond to critical situations.

A city is ‘smart’ when it’s able to leverage the collective intelligence of the community. The data is out there – the key is harnessing it to reveal hidden insights that we can apply readily. Our Hitachi Data Systems Federal solutions are built to meet that challenge and serve ongoing social innovation.

 Watch the video to find out more about Hitachi’s Unified Compute Platform (UCP)!


Topics: Social Innovation, Health IT, smart cities, Internet of Things, Health Care, Object Storage, Metadata, Metadata Management, Digital Transformation

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