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Hitachi India
R&D Centre

Research and Development (R&D) stands as a vital cornerstone of sustainable societies, driving innovation to eco-centric technologies and practices. At Hitachi India, R&D is the essential fuel that sustains Hitachi's dynamic evolution, and propels a cycle of innovation and advancement.

Within R&D Centre, Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd., the researchers pursue relentless spirit of inquiry and harness the company's technological expertise in OT, IT, and Products. This fosters a value creation cycle that tackles the critical needs of the society and catalyzes the growth in harmony with nature for shaping a prosperous sustainable future.

Kingshuk Banerjee

Director and Head of R&D Centre, Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd.

At R&D Centre, Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd., our vision extends beyond innovation – it encompasses a profound commitment towards driving sustainable progress. We believe in harnessing the power of advanced technologies that shape the future where Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business not only thrives but also fosters a healthier planet and uplifts the wellbeing of communities. Our unwavering dedication to sustainability isn’t just a goal; it’s an integral part of our DNA, propelling us to engineer solutions that contribute towards building a sustainable society for all.

Driving Sustainable Innovation Across

Advancing Sustainable Mobility

Through its ongoing research and innovation, R&D Centre, Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd. is making significant contributions to sustainability in the transportation sector. By promoting Electric Vehicles (EVs) adoption and efficient and reliable public transportation, R&D division is contributing to reducing carbon emissions, fostering a greener environment, and improving travel experiences in alignment with SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Strengthening the EV Ecosystem
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

R&D Centre, Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd. is at the forefront of driving sustainable mobility by tackling critical issues hindering widespread EV adoption among fleet management and logistics companies.

Simulation Platform
Simulation Platform

R&D division at Hitachi India has developed an advanced xEV (electric vehicles and their extended variants) multi-physics Simulation Platform to offer a comprehensive analysis of EV system performance. This dynamic simulator integrates engine models, electric power trains, thermal management systems, electronic actuators, and vehicle control units, optimizing xEV range and fuel consumption.

Enhancing Battery Life
Enhancing Battery Life

Additionally, R&D Centre, Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd. has pioneered a State-of-Health (SOH) estimation method for Lithium-ion batteries, a crucial component of EVs and energy storage systems. This method forecasts battery life, ensures the longevity of Lithium-ion batteries, contributes to the sustainability of EVs, and broadens greener mobility solutions.

Battery-as-a-Service Model

The innovative concept allows EV buyers to acquire vehicles without the battery, giving them the option to lease the battery from independent operators. This reduces EV costs substantially. Hitachi India’s R&D Centre pioneers sustainable and innovative technologies that accelerate “As-a-Service” or subscription-based business models, boosting EV adoption and contributing a greener sustainable future.

At Hitachi India, extensive research is being conducted to optimize public transportation operations, aiming for secure and comfortable urban mobility. One key area of research is optimizing bus transport, a major component of India’s daily commuter demand, which often suffer from issues like delays, cancellations, and over-crowding.

  • The team at R&D Centre, Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd. has developed a simulation-driven tool that focuses on optimizing various parameters for transport schedule operations. This includes critical factors like passenger load, departure headways, vehicle utilization, earnings, and more.
  • Focusing on optimization and data-driven decision-making empowers transportation operators to reduce delays and cancellations, thereby improving service reliability significantly.
  • The simulator's real-time data analysis aids in better fleet management. It ensures buses are deployed strategically to meet demand, thereby reducing over-crowding issues and enhancing overall service quality.

Digitally Empowering Citizens for Smarter, & Safer

Hitachi India is proactively expanding its digital solutions business by leveraging a diverse ecosystem of partners, start-ups, and academic institutions. Supporting various Hitachi Group Companies, R&D Centre, Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd. focuses on developing progressive technologies and algorithms. These innovations enable Hitachi Group Companies to launch empowering initiatives under Digital India banner, and aligning with SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.

Deep Learning Algorithm for Crime Prevention

  • R&D Centre, Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd. is collaborating with Hitachi Vantara to innovate a customized algorithm for the highly scalable Hitachi Visualization Suite. This innovative solution supports law enforcement agencies in preventing criminal activities.
  • The algorithm has the capability to accurately identify objects and Indian attire even in challenging environments. It can analyze unusual incidents such as protests and disturbances, allowing for timely interventions.
  • R&D Centre, Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd. is working on enhancing the algorithm to empower law enforcement agencies and contribute to building a safer society by improved law and order.
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Innovations to Create Novel Solutions

  • The potential of AI to process vast amounts of data, derive meaningful insights, ability to learn, adaptation, and innovation, holds the promise of creating a more equitable and sustainable society.
  • R&D Centre, Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd. is leveraging its AI expertise to drive innovations that empower the masses, particularly those living in rural and semi-urban areas. This acts as a catalyst for India’s inclusive growth and transformation across sectors.
  • One of its transformative solutions is the Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) platform. This innovation enables marginalized sections of society to effortlessly communicate their needs through voice commands, be it for agricultural assistance, banking information, and more.
  • Built on unconventional AI and machine learning technology, this platform provides vernacular speech solutions for diverse languages, dialects, and accents. It bridges individuals lacking written text proficiency to participate in digital activities and empower themselves with timely, accurate knowledge.
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Fostering India's Transition towards a "Cash-lite Economy"

  • The Digital India initiative and the widespread adoption of digital payments are significantly reducing the need for physical paperwork and travel, leading to a significant reduction in carbon emissions. Moreover, the shift towards digital payments promotes financial inclusion, empowering marginalized communities and reducing economic inequalities.
  • Driving digital payments penetration in India, R&D Centre, Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd. is collaborating with Hitachi Payments in India to offer merchant-centric analytics solutions for a leading public sector bank. The primary objective of this solution is to enhance the digital payments landscape in India and increase the transaction revenue of the payments business by providing proactive and value-added services to customers, thus ensuring sustainable revenue growth for both financial institutions and merchants.
  • The robust merchant analytics solution by R&D division enables financial institutions to extend services to underserved areas. This brings financial inclusion to communities previously lacking access. Furthermore, fraud detection and risk mitigation through analytics enhance the overall security of financial transactions. This innovation protects both merchants and customers, contributes to constructing a secure and sustainable payments ecosystem.

Automated Industrial Safety Monitoring Systems

  • Workers employed in the manufacturing and construction sectors frequently encounter hazardous work environments, putting their safety and well-being at risk. Unfortunately, a significant portion of this workforce comes from the economically disadvantaged backgrounds. As a result, workplace injuries not only cause financial burdens but also deteriorating their already challenging circumstances.
  • To enhance workers’ safety through digitalization, R&D Centre, Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd. has innovated an automatic construction surveillance system. This innovation closely monitors the safety compliance of construction workers in real time by ensuring proper usage of safety gears, thus minimizing the threat of workplace injury and contributing towards safer work environment.
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