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Overview of Visualization Suite

Hitachi Visualization Suite (HVS) is a state-of-the-art software solution that provides geospatial mapping of data from multiple sources to provide operational insights. HVS provides comprehensive integration capabilities with video and data devices, analytics, and private entities. The integrated event data is visualized over the map for easy access to real-time data.

HVS integrates with all major law enforcement systems, including third-party video management systems, computer-aided dispatch (CAD) or 911 systems, license plate readers, gun-shot detections, and third-party sensors. This solution benefits both public safety officials and private entities.

Geospatial visualization of data from multiple sources

In today’s digitized world, both public and private organizations need to analyze a large amount of data coming from a multitude of sources. For these organizations, accessing, correlating, and analyzing the data can be a challenging task. HVS provides a “single pane of glass” for geospatial visualization to gain the situational awareness required to better respond to problems or even prevent them from occurring. 


Cloud and on-premise solutions

HVS offers multiple deployment options. You can use HVS as software as a service (SaaS), software deployed on premises, or hybrid to match your IT infrastructure strategy.

Video surveillance interoperability

HVS’s video connectors allow you to integrate with your existing video management systems (VMSs) as well as Hitachi Video Management Software (HVMS), which provides a comprehensive, all-in-one solution that simplifies video system deployment and management. For details about the available video connectors, go to HVS Connector Matrix. For product documentation for HVMS, go to Video Management Software.


Hitachi Edge Gateway for Video is an intelligent edge device that integrates third-party video systems and performs transcoding for optimal cloud livestreaming and recording. Edge Gateway for Video also acts as a data ingestion service for external sensor data. Depending on the number of simultaneous livestreams anticipated from the source systems, several gateway options are available. A gateway combined with the HVS software enables a seamless integration into private-entity security assets.

Event data integration

HVS integrates event data from multiple sources, including analytics applications and sensors. The majority of events are ingested data that is aggregated automatically in HVS, eliminating the need for manual entry of each event. Events such as computer aided dispatch (CAD) events coming directly from 911 calls, gunshot detections coming from directory sensors, license plate recognitions, and social media events are immediately available from the map view.

Event workflow automation

HVS automates workflows to enable a sequence of actions triggered by an event. For instance, when a gunshot is detected, HVS can direct cameras within a 10-mile radius to turn toward the event, or “slew to cue”. For details, see Enable Camera Slew to Event.

Search capabilities

HVS allows you to search for particular events and objects by setting a search area. For example, you can look for all burglaries and CAD calls for the last three days within the city limit. Results that match these criteria are displayed on the map view as well as the list view. For details, see Search.

Timeline feature

The Timeline feature can be used to view historical data. Using Timeline, you can go back and view a snapshot of events for a specific time of day. Timeline also provides easy access to archived footage and event data, enabling you to view scenes for a specific time around the event.

Insights feature

The Insights feature provides visualization of historical event data and enables you to analyze event statistics. A crime heatmap and a trend chart showing crime distributions can provide critical insights that help cities, businesses, and organizations to gain the insights they need to improve efficiencies, make smarter business decisions, and improve public safety. For details, see Use Insights.

Entity management

Organizations rely on a variety of data from disparate sources in real time to improve situational awareness. HVS allows you to tailor geospatial mapping of different types of data, or entities. For example, you may want to view gunshots only within the past 12 hours, instead of all gunshots that have ever been reported. On the other hand, stationary entities, such as buildings and cameras, are persistently visualized as they provide important data points to improve situational awareness. For details, see Entity Management.

Role-based user permissions

You can use departments to group users by organization and give them access to only certain entities within an HVS domain. You do this by first setting up rules that define how much access users will have to which entities, then assign those rules to each department. See Managing Departments and Rules.

Language options

The HVS user interface is available in several languages to ensure readability and usability for a wide audience of users. For details about selecting the language, see Select Language.


HVS is designed with advanced security features to ensure the safety and security of your sensitive data. Because the data processed by the Visualization and Evidence systems can be classified, all data going from the client network to HVS is unidirectional. Traffic going from behind the client secure network to the encrypted HVS Cloud Services is secured through Hitachi Visualization Platform (HVP). See Security Overview for more details. 

Predictive Crime Analytics

Hitachi Visualization Predictive Crime Analytics (PCA) is an optional licensed feature that provides geospatial mapping of predictive crime analytics. HVS calculates the probability of future events based on statistics and uses a crime density map to visualize the analytics data. Such analytics can help organizations gain situational awareness and create an effective crime response and prevention strategy. For details about the PCA capabilities of HVS, see Crime Prediction and Use Insights: Analyze Event Statistics.


Digital Evidence Management

Digital Evidence Management (DEM) is an optional licensed component of HVS that allows seamless and secure integration, storage, retrieval, and sharing of all sources of digital evidence. These sources can include body-worn camera and surveillance footage. SSL encryption and role-based permissions ensure secure data delivery.

End-to-end IoT solution for smart cities

As one of the Hitachi’s Smart Spaces and Video Intelligence solution offerings, HVS provides end-to-end, adaptable, and intelligent solutions for smart cities. These solutions utilize integration of big data, including video feeds, event data, and social media, to provide real-time analytics that public safety officials can act on.


All solution components in the Smart Spaces and Video Intelligence solution stack are modular, functioning as building blocks for smart cities. They help all areas and organizations become safer and more effective, so they can thrive. The following video intelligence solutions are available for integration with Visualization Suite or for standalone deployment: