Hitachi Picks US for Global Internet of Things HQ

Hitachi has announced that it will merge their information technology unit, Hitachi Data Systems with data analytics company Pentaho to form Hitachi Vantara. This new California-based company is being commissioned to accelerate Hitachi’s “internet of things” operations globally.  It will house close to 7,000 employees, which represents a third of Hitachi’s IT personnel. Their plan is to develop proprietary artificial intelligence (AI) technology and sensors to provide products and services for smart infrastructure.  Hitachi Vantara’s goal is to deliver IoT services mainly to transportation, utilities and municipalities.  This strategy is intended to set them apart from GE’s and Siemens’, whose offerings center on industrial and manufacturing internet of things services.  

TOKYO — Hitachi is forming a new U.S. company tasked with managing businesses at the intersection of hardware and data in an effort to compete with General Electric and Siemens for a bigger piece of rising global infrastructure demand.

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