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Hitachi Sponsors New York Times Cities for Tomorrow Conference

Company Will Host Discussion of its Copenhagen City Data Exchange Project and Showcase Smart City Solutions

Tarrytown, NY, July 18, 2016 --- Hitachi America, Ltd. announced today that it is a Presenting Sponsor of the New York Times’ Cities for Tomorrow conference, which takes place July 18th and 19th at TheTimesCenter in Midtown Manhattan. The conference will bring together policymakers, developers, entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and other influentials that are shaping the urban environments of the future. Some of the issues the conference will address are new approaches to transportation, the impact of aging populations on cities, coping with outdated infrastructure and the growing challenges around security and policing. New York Times reporters Ginia Bellafante, Big City Columnist, and Charles Duhigg, Senior Editor of Live Journalism, will serve as the conference hosts.

Hitachi believes that a smart city is both a safe and well-connected city. The company is creating solutions that help to make cities safer, more efficient and vibrant, to enhance quality of life and commerce for all their constituents by uniting our physical and digital worlds through information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and connected intelligence from the Internet of Things (IoT). Through Hitachi Insight Group, Hitachi is contributing to the development of smart cities around the world, particularly in the areas of transportation, energy and security.

At the conference, Hitachi will showcase two of its solutions for smart cities. The first is Hitachi Visualization, which promotes public safety and supports intelligent transportation through the utilization of IoT and Big Data applications like video surveillance and predictive analytics to help organizations gain real-time situational awareness and analyze voice, image, video, social media, weather data, and other vital information sources. This helps them to improve resource utilization and increase operational efficiencies while protecting the privacy of individuals. The second is Hitachi’s City Data Exchange, a first-of-its-kind open data marketplace that the company initially built in partnership with the City of Copenhagen to support its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2025, and is now deploying in cities around the world. Hitachi Insight Group executives Kevin Eggleston, General Manager, Americas, and Peter Bjorn Larsen, Director, City Data Exchange – Copenhagen, will speak at the conference about the Copenhagen City Data Exchange Project.

“Cities represent the frontline of the new industrial revolution. There is perhaps no better use case where the full promise of IoT and digitalization can be realized at scale,” said Kevin Eggleston, General Manager, Americas for Hitachi Insight Group. “Hitachi is pleased to be sponsoring the New York Times’ Cities for Tomorrow conference and joining the conversation on how the public and private sectors can work together to make our cities and urban landscapes function more efficiently to support a better quality of life for citizens, foster innovation and spur commerce for the benefit of everyone.”