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Hitachi shows off Smart Agriculture and Smart Horticulture technologies

Hitachi Vantara, the modern infrastructure, data management and digital solutions subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., has showcased its Smart Agriculture and Smart Horticulture work in Australia at the Government Data and Analytics Summit in Canberra, to illustrate a new class of data analytics and integration that has a positive impact on sustainability.

According to Hitachi Vantara, Industry 4.0 requires a new class of data analytics, technology integration, data capture and digitalisation, with significant focus on real-time data streaming and supporting advanced application requirements. It provides solutions for supply chain control towers, digital twins, machine learning algorithms and AI implementations in a range of industry sectors, from agri-food supply chains and manufacturing to transportation and beyond.

“As part of the integrated IoT and data management solutions Hitachi Vantara has designed for effective and efficient cattle and livestock management, paddock management, smart agriculture and sustainable agri-food supply chain, the Australia-based team has sourced, tested, selected and integrated a wide range of sensors for data capture,” Hitachi Vantara said in a statement. “This data is then ingested into Hitachi’s Lumada Manufacturing Insights where its advanced and predictive analytics turn that data into insights and recommendations served to users via the Supply Chain Control Tower interface.”

Hitachi Vantara’s local team has worked with sensor providers and subject matter experts from industry bodies as well as the end customers to design and adapt sensors to new uses, setting new industry standards. The work also includes selecting and integrating exciting technologies such as the drone showcased this week at the Government Data and Analytics Summit by Hitachi Vantara’s Owen Keates, Industry Executive, Asia-Pacific Manufacturing Practice.

“There are data capture and management requirements that are consistent across the agriculture sector, of course, and even those that are common across sectors. But there are quite specific data capture and testing requirements, thresholds, regulatory requirements and other criteria that inform specific algorithms and analyses for each organization in order to arrive at predictive and actionable insights they find valuable on a day-to-day basis,” Keates explained.

“We’re excited about the insights we are able to provide for our customers in a simple, centralised and effective user interface because of the impact they can have on each business and on the environment and society at large,” said Keates. “For example, not only are our smart horticulture solution customers achieving process improvements, efficiencies and cost savings, but they are also reducing their environmental impact, improving water usage and conservation, optimising run off to better preserve the land and water around their operations, and more sustainably producing the food on which so many rely.”

Data from sensors has become ubiquitous. Extraordinary amounts of event data are being generated, which provides opportunities for multi-perspective analytics such as process mining, analytics and intelligence. Critically, this analysis must be presented to the user as actionable insights developed with an understanding of their operation, objectives, requirements and expertise.

Hitachi Vantara is at the forefront of this new class of data analytics, technology integration, data capture and digitalisation, with significant focus on real-time data streaming and supporting advanced application requirements. It provides solutions for supply chain control towers, digital twins, machine learning algorithms and AI implementations in a range of industry sectors, from agri-food supply chains and manufacturing to transportation and beyond.

“We’re very proud of the work our teams have done to demonstrate the powerful impact data analytics and integration can have in Smart Agriculture and Smart Horticulture. It is an excellent example of the role Hitachi Vantara plays in driving sustainability and economic benefits to customers,” said Keates.

The showcased work in Australia highlights Hitachi Vantara’s commitment to innovation and sustainability, showing that it is possible to increase efficiency and productivity while also reducing environmental impact.

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