BT And Hitachi To Develop IoT Solutions
Communications services provider BT and Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. have announced a global partnership to co-create innovative solutions in the area of industrial and enterprise internet of things (IoT). The partnership aims to drive better business outcomes for global customers, including greater efficiency, productivity and cost savings. The companies will initially focus on exploring and designing asset intelligence and predictive maintenance solutions to deliver the desired outcomes for customers in industry sectors such as manufacturing and transportation.
Announced at Hitachi’s inaugural user conference, Hitachi NEXT 2017, the partnership unites BT’s global network infrastructure, cloud capabilities and cyber security expertise with Hitachi’s operational and information technology (OT/IT) expertise.
The companies’ combined technology, infrastructure, and expertise will help their mutual customers to take full advantage of connected intelligence and advanced data analytics to streamline processes and optimise business performance on a global scale, the company said in a statement.
“Our partnership with Hitachi will help BT to accelerate innovation and ease the path to digitalization and IoT for our customers around the globe. Hitachi’s OT, IT and IoT expertise, long-standing customer engagements and its Lumada IoT Platform will combine ideally with our global infrastructure, cloud services, and cybersecurity expertise to create powerful IoT offerings that will help maximise the success of our global customers’ digital transformation journeys,” said Bas Burger, CEO Global Services, BT.
“IoT represents a critical inflection point, in which the interests of business, industry, and society are now intersecting and aligning like never before,” said Ryuichi Otsuki, CEO at Hitachi Vantara and vice-president at Hitachi Ltd. “We see the creation of strategic partnerships with leaders and market makers like BT as a critical underpinning to Hitachi’s IoT strategy as we move our company and business into the next phase of its evolution.”
The first business solutions resulting from this collaboration are expected to be available in Q1 2018.
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