NEC opens innovation center in Singapore

NEC today announced the opening of the NEC Open Innovation Centre (OIC) in Singapore. The OIC is a part of the wider NEC innovation ecosystem and demonstrates NEC’s commitment to foster open innovation and partnerships with the private and public sectors.

The Centre is supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and is part of NEC’s $100 million investment over the five years from 2017 in research and innovation in the Asia Pacific region. The OIC is operated by Global Safety Division and is NEC’s first of its kind facility outside Japan that infuses NEC technology and a deep partner ecosystem. It houses various thematic zones which allow an immersive experience in AI and biometric solutions within the context of daily life to create solutions in areas such as public safety, transportation and aviation.

“We are delighted that NEC has chosen Singapore to establish its first Open Innovation Centre outside of Japan,” said Ms. Lily Phua, Director of New Businesses, EDB. “Singapore’s strong base of enterprises, partners and digital talent offer NEC an ideal location to forge collaborations and translate its strong biometric identification technology into new applications for public safety and commercial domains for Singapore and beyond.”

“The vision of the Open Innovation Centre is to orchestrate a smart and safer city in collaboration with governments and businesses,” added Mr Tan Boon Chin, Managing Director, Global Safety Division, NEC Corporation. “With a digitally disruptive team at the heart of OIC’s operations, new ideas of approaching public safety can be prototyped and launched within the centre and further deployed in global markets. This is only possible with strong support from our industry partners who are already on board the OIC ecosystem.”

NEC recently revealed that it provided a facial recognition system and a behavior detection system for the 18th Asian Games.

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