Airbus Defence and Space – the division of the France-based Airbus Group devoted to defence and aerospace products and services – has partnered with Singapore-based ICT services provider NCS to establish a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Singapore for the research, development and commercialisation of safe city solutions in Asia.
The CoE will focus on technologies and solutions like data fusion and predictive analytics, video content analytics and crowd simulation. This will better support emergency services and operations in an urban environment, allowing data sharing between the various city stakeholders, the companies said in a joint statement issued yesterday (Tuesday, June 3, 2014).
“The establishment of the CoE paves the way for a better, safer and smarter way of life for city dwellers,” said Johan Pelissier, Managing Director of Airbus Defence and Space in Singapore. “We share the strength of each organisation’s expertise in Safe City solutions and look forward to working closely with NCS to strengthen our industrial capabilities through this partnership.”
Wong Soon Nam, Vice President, Communications Engineering of NCS added that his company’s and Airbus Defence and Space’s vast domain knowledge in Safe City solutions are highly complementary.
He said: “This collaboration offers the exchange of advanced technological ideas and marks a key milestone in the development of the information and communications technological landscape in this region. We are confident that our cooperation will bring about more exciting and innovative solutions to co-create a sustainable, smart and safe city.”
In addition to establishing the CoE, the partners are also seeking to form related academic and research programmes with regional universities, government, private research and development laboratories to promote safe and smart city solutions.
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