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NEC chooses Singapore to establish its fifth research centre

Nurdianah Md Nur | Sept. 10, 2013
Reasons include its government’s support for R&D projects, and its ability to provide NEC access to various partners for joint ventures.

NEC press conference
From left: Toshiya Matsuki, Dr. Nobuhiro Endo, Dr. Katsumi Emura and Dr. Keiji Yamada at yesterday's NEC press conference to launch the NLS.

NEC Corporation has launched its fifth research centre, NEC Laboratories Singapore (NLS), yesterday (9 September 2013).

Housed in the company's Singapore-based regional headquarters for Asia Pacific region, NLS will utilise security and big data technologies to provide social infrastructure solutions to global markets.

Nobuhiro Endo, president of NEC, said that NLS will capitalise on NEC's technologies "to create new value while flexibly engaging in joint research with local partners and proactively participating in a variety of field trials".

NEC's other research centres can be found in Japan, America, Europe and China.  Singapore was chosen as the next location for NEC's research centre due to the government's strong support for research and development projects, said Katsumi Emura, senior vice president of NEC. He added that the republic provides NEC "access to a broad range of partners", thus opening a "gateway to new technology".

NLS' activities
Currently, NLS is working on the Safe City Testbed project under the Singapore Economic Development Board. Emura said the project aims to "create systems to protect urban areas from the threat of crime and disaster."  

NLS is also collaborating with customers and research institutes to produce solutions for urban challenges by focusing on areas such as safety, big data, security and smart energy. NLS' partner research institutes include A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research(I2R), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the National University of Singapore (NUS), and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).


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