Hitachi Construction Machinery aims to realize construction sites with "collaborative safety" where people and machinery work "collaboratively" and both safety and productivity are improved by mutually sharing information about "people, machinery, and environments of the construction site." Specifically, by collecting various types of information, such as equipment location and operational status, worker location and biometric information, changes in terrain as work progress, and weather forecasts, the systems will alert people to pay attention and control automatic construction machinery so that we can ensure the safety of the site as a whole while implementing highly productive construction.
To realize such construction sites, digital twins, which recreate various types of information collected in the real world in a virtual space, are needed. However, achieving a digital twins has been difficult because the topology changes every second due to the operation of construction equipment at construction sites, a large volume of topology and other data must be transmitted and processed at high speed.
Aptpod's high-speed IoT platform "intdash" is capable of transmitting data generated at a high frequency of about 100 milliseconds to 1 millisecond intervals over the Internet at high speed and high capacity in a stable manner. Combining this technology with 5G and other next-generation high-speed communication technologies will enable the high volume of data which is constantly generated by construction machinery and construction sites to be collected and processed while constructing highly real-time digital twins.
Through the business alliance with aptpod, a company which possesses communication and software technologies for high-speed and high-capacity data transmission and processing, Hitachi Construction Machinery will tackle open innovation of systems of real-time digital twins for construction sites, systems for remote control and automatic operation of construction machinery using digital twins, and various valuable solutions for customers.
Thus far, the Hitachi Construction Machinery Group has collaborated with global business partners including those from different industries on the development of motorized construction machinery and ICT construction solutions, etc. Moreover, the Hitachi Construction Machinery Group has strengthened collaboration with startups through investing in funds offered by venture capital firms. Going forward, the Hitachi Construction Machinery Group will continue to tackle open innovation and create new values to provide reliable solutions that meet customer needs.