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Hitachi’s Contribution to Smart Cities in Turkey
Mon, 18 Mar 2019


Last week I was in Istanbul to participate in the World Cities Congress Istanbul 2019, which was sponsored by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. I participated in two panels. One on Smart 4 Technologies and another on Smart Energy. Istanbul is a municipality of over 15 million in a country of 80 million. Istanbul is a megacity, which is defined as a city that is larger than 10 million people. As a megacity Istanbul has turned to smart technologies to answer the challenges of urbanization, with more efficient delivery of city services and increasing the quality and accessibility of such services as transportation, energy, healthcare, and social services. Smart cities also offer great opportunities for transformation and optimization of the urban economy with production systems based on information and technology. Hitachi is engaged with Istanbul to deliver Smart City Solutions. Here are some of the Smart City projects that Hitachi is supporting in Turkey.


Hitachi Establishes Strategic Regional Center for Healthcare Business in Istanbul


Istanbul is building a large airport with the capacity to service 150 Million people per year. One of the drivers for the new airport in Istanbul is the medical tourism business that is attracting people in the region with state of the art medical services. Istanbul’s strategic location and intellectual resources was the reasons for Hitachi Health care to establish a Regional Center for Healthcare in Istanbul in 2017. Hitachi will provide a healthcare business platform to strengthen operation services for hospital imaging and diagnostic systems, surgical treatment solutions and radiation therapy systems in Central Asia, Middle East, and Africa as well as Turkey. Hitachi will collaborate with companies in Turkey to deliver state of the art health care solutions that will contribute to the development of healthcare and improve the quality of life in the region.


Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi, Traffic Management & Violation Detection System

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Istanbul’s Traffic Management & violation detection system uses thousands of endpoint devices with detectors, cameras and other sensors. Fines are issued according to the records on them. The requirement was to centralize and archive the data collected from these endpoint devices while keeping with regulation requirements. Hitachi Vantara provided HCP object storage to replace traditional storage for ease of access, search and index, privacy regulations and hybrid cloud.


City of Istanbul Governorship: Safe, Smart Campus

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The challenge was to secure the governorship campus and include multiple existing video and IoT systems. The solution was to implement Hitachi Vantara’s Smart Spaces solution with Video Intelligence to integrate disparate systems into a single view. This enables real time alerts and analysis from facial recognition, traffic and parking, queue detection, people counting and license plate recognition. Smart cameras and edge devices provide situational awareness and end to end smart security.


Türkiye Petrol Rafinerileri (Tupras) | Opening the Data Lake to Data Science


Tupras operates four oil refineries processing crude from global markets. Time consuming manual steps made it difficult to make quick decisions in refinery operations. Data silos inhibited the collaboration between management engineers and IT resulting in short sighted and or incorrect decisions. They used a time series data base (TSDB) which is optimized for measuring change over time and makes time series data very different than other data workloads. Open-source monitoring solutions such as openTSDB lack analytics and smart alerting. They can also be a challenge to scale for capacity and maintain for reliability and performance. Tupras had no unified/scalable way to discover the (sliced content) on open TSDB and no framework for data science and no way to operationalize data science. The solution was to use Pentaho which connects natively to openTSDB, eliminating the need for 3rdparty vendors and leveraging distributed compute. Pentaho unlocked mapR to enable data science and enabled business users to operationalize data through self-service. This improved lead time from 2 days to less than 10 minutes. This also enabled the data science team, which included IT, data engineers and business analysts with the tools for data preparation and operationalize algorithms. They have a unified data architecture with one set of tools to unlock relevant sources of data.


One Hitachi

Hitachi Healthcare and Hitachi Vantara are two of the 5 Hitachi Companies in Turkey working as one Hitachi. The others are Kenki, the construction company, Hitachi Rail, and Hitachi Europe. Hitachi Kenki has the largest presence due to the many construction projects in Turkey. Hitachi Vantara is best known for enterprise storage which we sell primarily to financial services, telcos, and energy companies that have high availability requirements, but is also gaining recognition for big data and data analytics. Hitachi Europe has introduced Finger Vein biometrics for ATMs. Here is just a sampling of projects which Hitachi supports in Turkey.

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Hitachi delivers value-based outcomes with IoT solutions that bring devices, people, infrastructure and processes together. To learn more about Hitachi’s Smart City Solutions, click here

Hitachi Vantara and Connected Mainframe at SHARE 2019
Sat, 09 Mar 2019

SHARE 2019 is next week from March 10 – 15 in Phoenix, Arizona and should be very interesting this year because of all the enhancements that have become available in the z14 mainframe since July of 2017. The Motley Fool Reported that IBM Is enjoying the strongest mainframe cycle in Years. They reported that strong sales of mainframe systems have helped IBM report three consecutive quarters of revenue growth. The z14 is capable of processing five times as many transactions per day, has triple the memory, and boasts input-output performance three times that of the z13. The z14 includes a proprietary ASIC on chip hardware that is dedicated to cryptographic algorithms to encrypt all data without negatively affecting performance. This is a key feature for support of GDPR.


Because of the mainframe’s proven ability to securely handle billions of daily transactions a day, this 50 year old technology is still used by 80% of the word’s largest airlines, financial institutions, and retailers. In addition to improvements in speed and security, mainframes now include technologies such as containers, APIs, Java, Linux, microservices, and SOAs which brings the reliability and security of mainframes to the web and mobile apps. A recent study by IDC “The Business Value of the Connected Mainframe for Digital transformation”, based on interviews with enterprises which run significant mainframe operations, showed that the mainframe plays an increasingly central role in digital transformation. IDC reported that the modernization and integration of the mainframe into an organization's connected ecosystem, internally and externally -- which is the definition of "connected mainframe" -- leads to innovations that drive revenue growth and improve operational efficiency.


The connected mainframe connects externally to the outside world through the network via TCP/IP or through the mainframe’s proprietary FICON channel, which is an I/O channel technology specifically designed for the mainframe. While there are analytics that run internally on the mainframe, data has to be moved off the mainframe in order to be combined with non-mainframe data analytics. File Transport Protocol (FTP) over TCP/IP is the method most often used to feed mainframe data into an enterprise-wide analytics pipeline, However, FTP is not secure, introducing risk, slower and more expensive than FICON due to the processor cycles that are required to drive TCP/IP. A secure, faster and less expensive way to transfer mainframe data would be to use the FICON channel which offloads the transmission work from the processors to the channel processors.


Hitachi Vantara and Luminex have partnered on a Mainframe Data Integration (MDI) platform that leverages the Luminex mainframe channel I/O interface to securely share and transfer data between mainframes and distributed systems environments using the FICON channel. Since FICON channels are specifically designed and optimized for the purpose of moving data off the mainframe. MDI provides a faster, more secure, cheaper (less CPU) and easy (native) platform for connecting mainframe data vs. TCP/IP. A financial customer was able to reduce their fraud detection investigation from 50 days down to 5 days and instead of spent nding 90% of their time on data collection and only 10% on analyzing the data, they can now spend 80% of their time on investigations, improving the quality of results.


John Pilger from Hitachi Vantara and Colleen Gordon of Luminex will present a Lunch and Learn session “Hitachi Vantara and Luminex Unlocking Mainframe Data Value” on Thursday, March 14 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm in room 101A at the Phoenix Convention center, session number 24791. They will cover the MDI product and show that it is more than just a high speed data transfer tool but also a co-processor that can extend processing and interface capabilities. They will also provide use cases and customer success stories to quantify the business value. Please plan on attending SHARE Phoenix 2019 and this session in particular to learn how the “connected mainframe” can drive digital transformation with MDI. You can visit our engineers at the Hitachi/Luminex booth 312 at the convention center for more information on MDI and other connected mainframe solutions. There will be an in-booth hosted specialty beer bar on Tuesday.

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