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  • Here’s How to Grow Food in Your Swimming Pool

    Here’s How to Grow Food in Your Swimming Pool

    It’s not easy to grow your own food in the middle of a desert, but one innovative Arizona couple found a way. And it’s surprisingly simple: they turned their swimming pool into an aquaponic greenhouse. Their solar-heated growing system is made up of a chicken coop, water, fish and plants, and it provides fresh food every day, including a wide array of vegetables and herbs. The owner says the system is symbiotic, with each part feeding the next: The chicken waste falls into the tank, which feeds the fish. The fish provide nutrient-rich water for the plants, and the plants grow food for the family.

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  • Is Smart Tech in the Healthcare System Working? The Experts Weigh In

    Is Smart Tech in the Healthcare System Working? The Experts Weigh In

    On November 26, 2014, The Guardian hosted a lively debate on technology, social innovation and the future of healthcare, sponsored by Hitachi. As society in the UK ages, the number of people who will rely on the National Health Service will increase dramatically. The challenge then becomes: how will healthcare cope with the additional demand on its resources? One solution, and the subject of the evening’s seminar, is technology. Representatives from organizations such as Bupa* and Healthwatch* spoke to an audience of healthcare and technology professionals about the importance of innovation in healthcare and how access to technology can have a positive impact on treatment.

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    Read it on The Guardian February 27th 2015
  • Urban Infrastructure 2014: A Lively and Timely Discussion on the Future of Our Cities

    Urban Infrastructure 2014: A Lively and Timely Discussion on the Future of Our Cities

    On November 13, The Economist hosted the Urban Infrastructure 2014 conference in London. The event was sponsored by Hitachi and attracted a wide array of experts, from architects and executives to mayors and other principal decision-makers from cities and industries worldwide. At issue were the challenges and solutions needed to build and maintain city infrastructures needed for 21st century living. With perspectives from major cities such as London, Rome, Hamburg, Porto and Genoa, the event featured animated discussions on crucial topics like transport, funding vs financing, sustainable development and of course, housing. 

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  • South Korea’s New Monorail is Right on Track

    South Korea’s New Monorail is Right on Track

    As more people moved from the countryside to the larger cities of South Korea, a plan to reduce traffic congestion and protect the environment was needed. In Daegu, a city of 2.5 million people, the government chose to develop a light rail system that could transport people safely and quickly from the city center to the suburbs. In 2008, Hitachi received its first order to work on the system, and today, the Daegu Urban Railway Line 3 Monorail System is roughly 24 kilometers long and connects 30 stations.

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    By Hitachi February 19th 2015
  • The New Smart Grid in Hawaii: JUMPSmartMaui Project

    The New Smart Grid in Hawaii: JUMPSmartMaui Project

    Hitachi recently announced that it has begun operations on the demonstration site for the "Japan-U.S. Island Grid Project" (commonly referred to as the "JUMPSmartMaui") on the island of Maui, Hawaii, in collaboration with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Mizuho Bank, Ltd. and Cyber Defense Institute, Inc. An opening ceremony was held on Maui to coincide with the launch of site operations.

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    By Hitachi February 18th 2015
  • These Construction Machines are Powered by Big Engines and High Tech

    These Construction Machines are Powered by Big Engines and High Tech

    When NRW Civil and Mining was contracted to work on the Middlemount open coal cut mine in Queensland, Australia, it was a relatively small job. However, soon capacity was increased and Hitachi was asked to supply additional excavators and trucks, used for overburden removal and coal mining. Today, Hitachi supplies 29 vehicles to the Middlemount mine, including two high-powered 550-tonne excavators and fourteen 220-tonne dump trucks. Maintenance of these large trucks is made easier by their onboard tracking systems: workers can access data 24/7 and log on via satellite to make sure everything is working smoothly.

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    By Hitachi February 12th 2015
  • Here’s How One App Can Save the Eyesight of Millions

    Here’s How One App Can Save the Eyesight of Millions

    Many people in Moses Rurangwa’s hometown were going blind due to trachoma, an infectious disease brought on by over-crowding, poor sanitation and a lack of clean water. Touched by this problem, the young Ugandan entrepreneur and his classmates developed a health app that can read a photograph of the eye, examine and compare the image for near- and far-sightedness, and detect the presence of cataracts and other conditions. The image is sent to a doctor who can make a diagnosis, suggest medication and follow the patient, as required. 

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    Read it on Big Ideas February 10th 2015
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