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  • The Ability to Work with Less Paperwork is Right at Your Fingertips

    The Ability to Work with Less Paperwork is Right at Your Fingertips

    STAR Tasmania is an organization that provides support for people with disabilities. Before acquiring the Hitachi VeinID systems, STAR used a complicated, manual, paper-based system to keep track of time and to create rosters. Now, with Hitachi technology, a worker places a finger into the vein scanner, the computer registers that information and, using relevant software, time-sheets and roster information are generated. STAR purchased Hitachi H-1 USB Finger Vein Biometric Scanners and installed them, along with computers, at all of its facilities.

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  • The Smart Buildings of Tomorrow May Be Filled with Tiny Sensors

    The Smart Buildings of Tomorrow May Be Filled with Tiny Sensors

    An Eindhoven University of Technology researcher named Hao Gao wants to make sure the smart buildings of tomorrow are not stuck with the very un-smart wires of today. He has developed a tiny transmitting temperature sensor that is powered by radio waves, eliminating the need for wires or batteries. Instead, it picks up radio waves from a special router, converts them into electricity, and uses it to transmit readings. The hope is that smart buildings will one day be filled with wireless sensor networks that gather information and help automate the business of living, while making it more sustainable.

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    Read it on gizmag April 20th 2016
  • Hitachi Rail’s First Manufacturing Plant in the United States is Now Complete

    Hitachi Rail’s First Manufacturing Plant in the United States is Now Complete

    Hitachi Rail’s first production facility in the United States is now open. Located in Medley, Florida, within Miami-Dade County, Hitachi Rail’s brand new manufacturing plant will produce 136 vehicles and 272 motor bogies to replace Miami-Dade County’s current Metrorail fleet. The 140,400 ft2 plant took approximately six months to complete and received its Certificate of Occupancy in January 2016. Assembly of the vehicles will begin in March, and the first vehicles will be ready for qualification testing  by the end of the year.  Once in service, the new cars will feature many upgrades including storage for bikes, security cameras, an enhanced audio system and comfortable seating.

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    By Hitachi April 15th 2016
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    • The Best Ultrasound Scanner in the World?

      The Best Ultrasound Scanner in the World?

      Turkey has a fast-growing and aging population of more than 77 million people, which is increasing pressure on the country’s healthcare system. In response, the Ministry of Health has implemented a programme to diagnose disease early, and it requires around 25 million accurate and high-quality ultrasound scans each year. Hitachi provided the ideal solution with its Hi Vision Preirus Ultrasound scanner. This compact and technologically-advanced system can be adapted to any clinical environment. Its ergonomic design means it can be adjusted easily to suit both the patient and the doctor.

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      By Hitachi April 27th 2016
    • The UK’s New Advanced Azuma Trains Accelerate Faster and Arrive Earlier

      The UK’s New Advanced Azuma Trains Accelerate Faster and Arrive Earlier

      With quick acceleration, fast journey times and better comfort, Hitachi’s brand new, highly advanced Azuma trains will service the UK’s East Coast from 2018. The 65 trains will provide an extra 12,200 seats, and with an expanded timetable, they will increase capacity into London’s King’s Cross station by 28 percent during peak times.  They will be operated by Virgin Trains and will be called Virgin Azuma. Literally translated as “East” in Japanese, Azuma are state-of-the-art Intercity Express trains that will transform rail travel for passengers between London, northeast England and Scotland. Among the trains’ many benefits are lower emissions, more direct services, greater comfort, fast and free Wi-Fi, and of course, faster journey times.

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      By Hitachi April 13th 2016
    • Forget Ride-Sharing, Sky Taxis Have Arrived!

      Forget Ride-Sharing, Sky Taxis Have Arrived!

      Forget about ordering your next ride-share: sky taxis have arrived and they’re cheaper and easier to build than many other forms of mass transit. Built by SkyTran, this aerial form of transit uses bubble-type “cars” that magnetically glide 20 to 30 feet above the ground, along elevated tracks. The pilot project will run about 900 feet and will travel as fast as 60mph. Initially, only one car will be on the track, with space for four people, but soon, more cars will be added.

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      Read it on CNN April 6th 2016
    • Redesigned Hitachi Social Innovation Business Website Launched

      Redesigned Hitachi Social Innovation Business Website Launched

      On March 25, 2016, Hitachi launched its newly redesigned Social Innovation Business website. The new site showcases the global scope and applications of Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business in one place. In addition to a sleek new design, the site’s functionality was enhanced so it can be viewed comfortably and easily from a smartphone or a tablet.

      We will continue expanding the content to make the site even more diverse, informative,  engaging and accessible.

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      By Hitachi March 25th 2016
    • Smartphones as cash cards: offering a new fintech service

      Hitachi’s New Service Turns Smartphones into Cash Cards!

      FinTech*1, which combines advanced technologies and financial services, has become a new social trend in recent years attracting attention inside and outside of Japan. As its first FinTech-related service offering, on December 17, 2015, Hitachi launched the Hitachi Mobile Cash Card Service, which enables smartphones to be used like cash cards for financial transactions.

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      By Hitachi March 24th 2016
    • The UK Plans to Pump Up Heat From Way Underground

      The UK Plans to Pump Up Heat From Way Underground

      If plans for a geothermal plant go forward, “hot rocks” located under the United Kingdom’s well-known Eden Project may heat a medical facility, computer servers and a tropical fish farm. Using this system, energy would be generated by pumping heated water up from the granite hot rocks three miles underground. It would take about three years to build, but once ready, the plant would generate enough water and heat to power the site, plus 4,000 homes via the national grid.

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      Read it on edie.net March 23rd 2016
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