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Toshiba restructuring adds muscle to IoT biz

Posted: 23 Jan 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Toshiba? cloud? Internet of Things? ICT?

Toshiba Corp. has revealed that it will merge its departments involved in information and communication technology (ICT) solutions into its in-house Cloud and Solutions Co. on April 1. The move will allow the company to proactively promote the business that exploits the Internet of Things (IoT), the interconnection of diverse devices to the Internet.

Success in realising IoT-based services and solutions lies in deploying software technology, including cloud computing and big data processing, in order to handle huge amounts of data at high speed.

ICT specialists and engineers within Toshiba Group will be brought together in a unified organisation, so as to enhance the development of big-data analysis technology, real-time information processing technology and other ICT-related technologies. The organisation will also develop Toshiba's common IoT platform by combining diverse expertise and experience from across Toshiba's business segments, energy and infrastructure, community solutions, healthcare systems and services, electronic devices and components, and lifestyle products and services, covering such areas as specifications and requirements for diverse equipment and systems, predicting future needs and control technology.

Toshiba's common IoT platform will serve as infrastructure for offering advanced connectivity of systems and devices over the Internet, with the aim of creating new IoT services and solutions that realize all-encompassing monitoring, analysis and control. Towards this, the company will undergo a rapid shift in focus from being a business that merely provides products towards a business model that provides products that realise excellent user experiences.

Toshiba's existing corporate information systems division, corporate software engineering centre, and part of Toshiba Solutions Corp.'s system integration business, will be merged into the Cloud and Solutions Co., and Toshiba I.S. Corp., which supplies information systems and services to the Toshiba Group, will become a subsidiary of the Cloud and Solutions Co.

Toshiba Group continually endeavours to achieve the company's vision of creating a safe, secure and comfortable society, the "Human Smart Community," drawing on its world-class expertise in energy, healthcare and storage products and services and using ICT solutions technology.

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