NEC Corporation has opened a new innovation center in Singapore.
Called the Advanced Centre for Experimentation (ACE), the facility is operated by NEC Laboratories Singapore (NLS) is aimed at acting as a testing center for experimental new technologies. NLS is aiming to add 50 researchers and engineers to its current staff of 33 over the next three years, and will focus on the areas of AI, digital security, and the Internet of Things.
In a statement announcing the ACE, NEC Asia Pacific CEO Tetsuro Akagi said it is part of a S$100 million investment planned for the APAC region over the next five years, and emphasized that the company hopes “to innovatively help government and enterprises across the region in their digital transformation journey.”
The move appears to have support from the government sector, with Singapore Economic Development Board Infocomms and Media Director Tung Meng Fai also lending commentary to NEC’s announcement. “This investment by NEC is a strong testament of Singapore’s talent pool and innovation capabilities to drive the digital transformation of industries,” he said.