Hitachi will establish a Big Data Research Laboratory in Denmark by the end of September 2014. The goal of the laboratory is to use big data to create new information services that will help create a sustainable, more comfortable society.
“Denmark is well known for its outstanding quality of life and smart city initiatives, earning strong international recognition for its activities in these areas. (..) Specifically, in the healthcare field, Denmark is pushing ahead with the Super Hospital initiative - under which it will invest on building state-of-the-art medical facilities from 2013. In the press release by Hitachi announcing the establishment of the new R&D laboratory, it is highlighted how Denmark is implementing a variety of measures eyeing ambitious targets in fields such as the environment, energy provision and transportation, with the aim of becoming a carbon-neutral nation”.
Regional Project Manager Søren Tranberg Hansen from Invest in Denmark, who has assisted Hitachi in the selection process, explains:
“Hitachi was impressed by ongoing Danish projects focused on innovation through the use of big data. Danmark has a unique set of databases and IT systems within areas such as health, energy, and public governance. Combined with a long tradition for public-private partnerships and cross-disciplinary innovation, this presents great opportunities for a company like Hitachi that strives to be in front of development."
In close collaboration with Danish-based Hitachi Consulting Corporation, the Danish Big Data Research Laboratory plans to create new service concepts and business models. These will be developed through participation in activities such as private, public and academic initiatives and field trials involving user participation in cooperation with local institutions in major Danish cities. The focus areas addressed by the Big Data Research Laboratory in Denmark will encompass environment and energy as well as transportation and healthcare, all of which are key themes targeted by Danish government.
Hitachi is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. Hitachi is focusing more than ever on Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems and other types of smart infrastructure.