Nedaa, Nokia Designate Dubai as Innovation Lab Headquarters
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | Comments

Professional communications company Nedaa, a Dubai government security networks provider, signed an agreement with Nokia formally designating Dubai as the headquarters of its Innovation and Creativity Lab.

In December 2016, Nedaa and Nokia formed a strategic partnership to develop the lab as a key contributor to Dubai’s smart city initiative. The region’s research and innovation hub will introduce creative solutions for education, health, utilities and transport, with local government agencies, the Smart Dubai project, educational and healthcare institutions, and private companies involved in the development and implementation of smart city applications as primary beneficiaries.

A key stipulation under the Nedaa-Nokia agreement is the Emiratization of all positions and jobs and the training and qualification of employed United Arab Emirates (UAE) nationals to international standards. Nokia will also grant Nedaa and approved technology partner Esharah Etisalat Security Solutions access to its advanced radio systems and Intelligent Management Platform for All Connected Things (IMPACT), the company’s internet of things (IoT) platform.

“Now, we can start following our cooperative roadmap with Nokia to help accelerate Dubai’s transformation into a truly smart city,” said Mansoor Bu Osaiba, CEO, Nedaa. “We will be bringing top Emirati talents onboard in keeping with the UAE’s vision of empowering its citizens to proactively participate in key sectors such as information and communications technology (ICT) that will underpin country’s transition to a post-oil era. We look forward to commencing the lab’s operations within the next few months.”

Other provisions under the Nedaa-Nokia partnership include the training of the Dubai government’s employees and fourth-generation technicians; development, testing and deployment of IoT communications interface operations through approved networks from Nedaa; and the enrichment of national intellectual property through support for research and development.

The Nedaa-Nokia Innovation and Creativity Lab is scheduled to start operations within the next few months.

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