BT has signed a partnership deal with a new subsidiary of Hitachi to develop IoT solutions for their respective enterprise customers.

The UK-based operator has teamed up with Hitachi Vantara, a data-focused division that brings together the Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Insight Group and Pentaho businesses into one new entity.

The two companies said they would initially focus on exploring and designing asset intelligence and predictive maintenance solutions for sectors including manufacturing and transportation.

To do so, they will bring together BT’s network infrastructure, cloud and cyber security capabilities with Hitachi Vantara’s expertise in operational technology assets – hardware and software that monitor and control how physical devices perform – IT solution and IoT platform Lumada.

The first fruits of the partnership are slated to be available in the first quarter of 2018.

Ryuichi Otsuki, CEO at Hitachi Vantara and Vice President at Hitachi Ltd, said: “IoT represents a critical inflection point, in which the interests of business, industry and society are now intersecting and aligning like never before.

“We see the creation of strategic partnerships with leaders and market makers like BT as a critical underpinning to Hitachi’s IoT strategy as we move our company and business into the next phase of its evolution.”

Bas Burger, CEO Global Services, BT, added: “Our partnership with Hitachi will help BT to accelerate innovation and ease the path to digitalisation and IoT for our customers around the globe.

“Hitachi’s OT, IT and IoT expertise, long-standing customer engagements and its Lumada IoT Platform will combine ideally with our global infrastructure, cloud services and cybersecurity expertise to create powerful IoT offerings that will help maximise the success of our global customers’ digital transformation journeys.”

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