Hitachi Vantara today announced the new Lumada Industrial DataOps portfolio with core IIoT platform framework capabilities. With this release, we are making it easier for organizations to take advantage of real-time insights and outcomes that can make critical operations more predictable and manageable.
One of the highlights of this release is the introduction of IIoT Core software, which includes digital twins, ML (machine learning) service, and user interface components. The first IIoT Analytic available as part of the portfolio provides anomaly detection and prediction capabilities to enhance the effectiveness of industrial maintenance and operations. More analytics are on the way in 2022.
Meeting the Needs of Industry
Ultimately, most industrial IoT difficulties are rooted in data management shortcomings. However, these challenges are not the same as those faced in a purely IT setting. For example, operational technology (OT) data is high-velocity time series and event information that many times lacks the detailed metadata descriptors and features needed to leverage it outside of the operations organization. In comparison, business IT data comes across in batches or transaction records with different metadata descriptors where time-stamp references are not always corelated. Merging these datasets, in context, is not trivial work, but, if done right, yields new operational insights that can provide a competitive advantage.
With that in mind, Hitachi provides tools that make the job of correlating OT and IT data as part of IoT easier. Lumada Industrial DataOps automates the process of abstracting, tagging, and rationalizing IT and OT data and organizes it in the data lake or data warehouse so it is usable for analysis and building AI and ML solutions. Data pipelines are established, and multiple transformations and inferences can be calculated and orchestrated as part of the workflow. Industrial process engineers can work with data scientists, analysts, and applications consultants to unlock the combined value and make major operations improvements.
Bumps in the Road to Integrating IIoT and Leveraging AI
Organizations have welcomed the tantalizing promise of achieving greater situational awareness by integrating data from their business systems, control systems, historians, and maintenance management systems. By adopting DataOps techniques, enterprises hope to improve the delivery and operations of analytics. Today, AI- and ML-based applications are pervasive. Done right, IIoT introduces critical, real-time precision data to those applications. That data enables industrial organizations to rely on more than just intuition for many processes. The result is increased visibility, predictability, and prescriptive powers that enhance decision-making.
But reality hasn’t lived up to the promise, and industrial operations have had a mixed relationship with IoT technologies. While there has been considerable success at the project level, broad IIoT deployments and the resulting analytics capabilities have progressed in fits and starts. Enterprises will need to leverage IIoT as well as AI and ML technology across far more use cases to better support their existing workforce and overcome supply chain issues. It turns out that it is more complicated than developers anticipated to scale their IIoT proofs of concept to stretch across a company.
Lumada Industrial DataOps Provides a Smooth Onramp
The first step toward overcoming these hurdles is Hitachi’s Lumada Industrial DataOps software, which helps organizations create an edge-to-cloud intelligent data fabric that delivers the trusted data needed for optimized decision-making. Built on the solid core of Hitachi’s Lumada DataOps software products, it adds industrial features needed by asset-intensive industrial operations and IT teams. Using Lumada Industrial DataOps, critical operations groups get the real-time insights and outcomes they need based on high-quality data and more consistent data management at an enterprise scale.
The Lumada Industrial DataOps portfolio adds IIoT Core software with IIoT platform framework capabilities. The powerful new toolkit is delivered as IIoT Analytics to accelerate the convergence of traditional IT with expanding IIoT data sources and bring powerful new software-based capabilities to life. IIoT Analytics offers prepackaged modules that provide data integration and preconfigured functions that give you a faster start on your application so you can focus on fine-tuning it for your specific requirements. A typical IIoT Analytics toolkit includes:
- Digital twins for data and asset organization
- ML models for faster assembly
- Simulation software interfaces for greater accuracy
- ML services framework for deploying AI/ML applications
Enabling Enterprise Scalability
Lumada Industrial DataOps directly addresses the four key challenges that hinder the enterprise-wide expansion of IIoT applications.
Challenge 1: The Need for High-Level Data Management
Organizations need solutions that make it possible to access data in motion and at rest from the widest array of sources, integrate all that data, transform the data, and perform analysis. While all that happens, data security must be maintained and policies enforced to adhere to compliance and governance requirements.
Challenge 2: Automating Data Organization
To create an efficient production pipeline for AI models, data scientists and analysts need an environment within which they can organize data and build models to detect events. This requires a system that automates the data analysis function, rejecting noise and providing people with a rich data signal that can be predictive or prescriptive in context.
Challenge 3: Accelerate the Training of AI Models
Starting every model from scratch is not practical, as this approach may introduce delays and costs that get in the way of meeting business objectives. Data science personnel instead need templates that provide a proven foundation that they can then refine and adapt to meet specific requirements in a timely manner.
Challenge 4: Shorten Application Delivery Time
Engineers and developers also need ready-made application components that provide a starting point.
Scaling Up to Meet Business Objectives
Using Lumada Industrial DataOps, organizations can accelerate their development of digital twins, which can be further combined with new AI and ML analytic templates that address a variety of critical industrial activities. These analytics include anomaly detection and prediction capabilities for maintenance and operations effectiveness. These data management and application building blocks support the many industry-specific solutions offered by Hitachi to speed cooperative deployment efforts for Hitachi clients and partner organizations.
Lumada Industrial DataOps embraces the synergistic relationships between data management, AI applications, and the next-level decision-making required in modern industrial environments. With Lumada Industrial DataOps, Hitachi empowers industrial enterprises to move their IIoT-driven AI applications out of the endless pilot phase and more quickly develop and scale for enterprise-wide deployment.
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Steve Garbrecht is Director of Product Marketing, IoT, at Hitachi Vantara.