Huawei expands R&D operations in Ireland, establishes SIG for industrial IoT

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Huawei is set to expand its R&D facilities in the Republic of Ireland through new investment and a partnership with one of the country’s universities.

The Chinese vendor said it will invest an additional unspecified amount in its research facilities in Cork, increasing the total number of researchers there to 20. The investment will bring its total 2017 spend across Ireland to $21 million.

In addition, Huawei announced its Dublin R&D team will work with researchers at Trinity College Dublin, focusing on video and how artificial intelligence will impact society.

Guo Ping, Huawei Deputy Chairman & Rotating CEO, said: “The Trinity partnership, as part of our growing R&D commitment, highlights our long-term dedication to investment and opportunities in Ireland.

“We are continuing to tap into Ireland’s growing clusters of video, artificial intelligence, cloud, telecoms and technology businesses, nurturing future talent and providing additional new opportunities for highly-skilled professionals.”

Huawei also announced today that it had established a new Special Interest Group (SIG) focusing on the use of wireless technologies in factories.

The Wireless Connected Factory SIG, which had its first meeting in Shanghai, will research and develop the use of 5G in supporting smart machines in an industrial context.

Alongside Huawei, the group includes companies from the electronics industries as well as academic bodies.

This week also saw Huawei establish a new research facility in Cairo to develop smart solutions for public sector organisations in Northern Africa.

Last month, the vendor established a research group at the UK’s University of Cambridge.