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IT Platform Group

Mission

We promote the creation of social innovation business by improving productivity and dependability of its service and platforms. We aim to enhance the IT Platform by conducting research and development in embedded systems, functional safety of hardware platforms and operating system components, cyber security, and software engineering for enterprise applications.

With our co-creation activities, we strive to understand customer pain points and provide innovative solutions to their needs and be a partner in their transformation journey. We implement our research outcomes in different industry verticals, such as automotive, industrial control systems, financial, pharmaceuticals, and so on. We also partner with leading universities in India to conduct fundamental research and strengthen the base load technologies.

Explore this page to know more about our on-going research & development activities.

Key research themes

Embedded platform development is one of the key competencies of the R&D centre of Hitachi India. We primarily support Hitachi’s embedded products business units by providing advanced research and strong product prototyping support. We have recently been engaged in the areas of Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and Autonomous Driving Electronic Control Unit (AD-ECU) for Hitachi’s automotive business. To achieve this, we leverage different open source technologies that help in rapid prototyping. This includes the use of advanced model-based software engineering techniques that help reusing the existing design components for next-generation products and aid adaptation of open source software for time critical control platforms.

Our current research focuses on development of ECUs for autonomous cars, which would have ample computation capabilities to handle complex machine learning and computer vision algorithms, and also meet the hard deadlines for time and safety as per current automotive sandards.

Embedded Systems

With open source Operating Systems (OS) like Linux becoming mainstream, and with the advent of Open Source Software (OSS) in safety critical domain, it becomes necessary to comply with the developed OSS safety critical system with international safety standards. Therefore, our functional safety team collaborates with open source community to establish a process to certify OSS/Linux with IEC61508 standards.

We are contributing towards development of a compliance route using IEC61508 specification and developing tools that help in evidence generation to prove compliance of Linux OS. The certification for base components of Linux would help businesses in automotive, railway and industrial domains to leverage the benefits of OSS, reduce development cost, and improve time-to-market for products and services.

As shown in the image below, the proprietary software products comprise of proper development procedure with sufficient documents. However, in OSS based products, the documentation and development procedure are not available. With the devised process, we are trying to generate evidence by analysis and test tools that fulfill the requirements of documentation and development procedure for safety certification.

Difference of certification process for proprietary and OSS based products

In this digital era, technology has penetrated our day-to-day activities. From simple house-keeping needs to advanced globally connected services, we all rely on cyber space to keep us going. Though cyber space has opened a world of opportunities, the harsh reality is that it is not always secured and there is always a risk of exploitation by hackers who want to destroy or disrupt essential services for personal or financial gain. To ensure that digitization remains beneficial, we are working to secure IT infrastructure and create an optimized response plan for a continued safe use.

Securing IT infrastructure involves not only detecting security loopholes or vulnerabilities but also anticipating the point of attack and traversal. We have deployed Bayesian techniques, via threat detection, to perform analysis of attacks and our research is being applied to several business use cases. We are also working in automated response planning through a security response engine, in order to help security operators to minimize the loss in case of a security breach.

Solution for managing security risks in an IT environment

Enterprise applications, nowadays, have quickly transitioned from a market-out to a more accommodating and customer oriented market-in policy.Instead of goods delivered, the value provided to customers has become the metric of success. To keep customers at front, Hitachi has defined NEXPERIENCE, a well-designed set of process and tools to conduct customer co-creation activities.

We support all phases of opportunity creation, service design, technology implementation and value evaluation, when working with our customers. Our team offers capabilities like software tool development and the processes required to conduct the co-creation activities, which enables us to bring value to the table through enterprise project management and control.

Co-creation process for services/business application