French aerospace, transportation and defense solutions company Thales, launched yesterday the Thales Innovation Hub Singapore, which represents the Group's first multidisciplinary innovation centre outside of Europe.
According to Thales, the aim of this Hub is to understand the operational needs of their clients within the region, and to design new products and services that address these specific requirements.
The Thales team will engage customers in user centered innovation, co-designing, prototyping and testing new ideas and concepts across domains ranging from defence, maritime security to aerospace, air traffic management and smart cities.
The innovation team has been trained by the Design Thinking and Innovation Academy from the DesignSingapore Council in order to apply the concept of Design Thinking innovation - a new, goal-oriented, problem solving approach developed to look at all potential alternatives of a particular design problem.
Thales also said that the Singapore team will receive global support, including access to the internal network of design practitioners, a global group of experts from across all Thales' domains, which fosters cross-collaboration in order to fine-tune design and innovation. The team will be further strengthened by the partnership forged with the Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD), through collaboration and internship agreements.
"Innovation is in our DNA. Thales invests more in research and technology than most other industrial groups and with this inauguration we reaffirm this commitment to innovation. By leveraging the multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary Thales teams in Asia and across the world, the entire technology and research portfolio of the Group can be accessed by local clients to meet their needs in each of our strategic countries like Singapore," said Jean-Bernard Lévy, Chairman and CEO of Thales.
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