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Hitachi bolsters commitment to smart city initiatives in the Philippines

By Ciara Alarcon - on 10 Jul 2017, 5:55pm

Hitachi bolsters commitment to smart city initiatives in the Philippines

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The recently concluded Hitachi Social Innovation Forum (HSIF) in Manila has highlighted its commitment to develop smart and sustainable cities for the country’s inclusive growth and development through areas such as energy management and more.

“Through the Hitachi Social Innovation Forum and the company’s Social Innovation Business, we aim to contribute to the Philippines’ growth trajectory in an inclusive and sustainable manner,” Mitsuhiko Shimizu, General Manager, Hitachi Asia Ltd. Philippine Branch, said.

“With our unique competencies in IT and OT, as well as our proven experience in the global market, we are confident that we can leverage our expertise and be an innovative partner for both the public and private sectors working in areas such as railway systems, energy management, security solutions, and IoT solutions, among others,” he added.

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning Dr. Ernesto Pernia also graced the event as guest-of-honor, as he discussed the government’s urban development plans and the support that corporate sector can provide in learning these targets.

Meanwhile, Masaya Sakakibara, Department Manager of Business Partner Sales Department, Building Systems Business Unit, talked about the MicroGrid System for metro and remote areas through the exploration of related technologies from a technical and value-adding standpoint.

Also, Hitachi shared its 2018 Mid-term Management Plan which aims to increase its overseas sales ration to more than 55 percent. Hitachi claimed that the country will play an instrumental role in helping the company in achieving the target by focusing on energy management, railway and urban development solutions.