Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric, Intel team up to establish IOT testbed


2 July 2016

Hitachi along with Mitsubishi Electric and Intel have announced a factory automation platform as a service (FA PaaS) testbed, which has been approved by the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) in the United States. The IIC coordinates and establishes the priorities and enabling technologies of the Industrial Internet to accelerate market adoption and drive down the barriers to entry.  

According to Hitachi, there has been a growing expectation for overall optimisation that uses data related to manufacturing in the increasingly global supply chain to connect the front lines of manufacturing with management, suppliers, and customers. This in turn has given rise to a need for secure connections between a variety of devices in Factory Automation (FA) environment and cutting-edge IT services such as Big Data and the cloud, and for the accelerated development of applications in the field of next-generation factories.

The company said the goal of this testbed is to test open Internet of Things (IoT) platforms that seamlessly integrate FA in the front lines of manufacturing and IT that support management and operation. In collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric and Intel, Hitachi said it will incorporate the results of these tests into the IoT platform "Lumada", and create new solutions along with customers and partners.

According to the report, Hitachi together with Mitsubishi Electric and Intel will complete tests of secure connections between FA environment and service platform layer, as well as tests of the effectiveness of testbed functions and the flow of operational data from the perspective of the front lines of manufacturing, by June 2017.

Hitachi is in charge of IT related products such as IoT data processing platforms, IoT head end systems, software which connects each devices in this testbed, and system integration of the testbed. Mitsubishi Electric is in charge of FA environment, and Intel is in charge of IoT gateways, and supportive coordination with IIC, according to the report.