Siemens sets up new R&D center

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 26 October 2004, 07:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: German industrial giant Siemens has set up a new R&D centre in Bangalore to take up futuristic research in the areas of medical and information technology as well as security automation.

This centre is the ninth facility of Siemens's Corporate Technology Department, which also has facilities in Tokyo and Beijing in addition to a development hub in Berkeley.

Engineers at the new R&D centre would develop embedded systems, audio and video systems for security and automotive applications, client-server solutions for next generation medical equipment and software development for multiple Siemens locations.

This centre will be part of Siemens Information Systems, the company's IT arm in India .

"We want to develop technologies not just for today but those of tomorrow," Claus Weyrich, a member of Siemens' managing board and head of the firm's corporate technology arm said at a press conference in Bangalore on Monday.

Siemens today provides a wide variety of security solutions using real-time video analysis, which can be used for highway and subway monitoring. In addition the India centre will also work towards devising user-friendly medical imaging solutions, which can be accessed on the move using the latest client-server and networking technologies.

The Bangalore centre currently has 11 people and will be scaled up to 30 people, company officials said. While exact investment details for this centre were undisclosed, executives said the company spent over €5.1 billion in fiscal 2002-03 on R&D.

Siemens's research work is split into five categories in the country. Jurgen Schubert, head of Siemens' India operations, said that the firm works on localising products for Indian conditions, developing solutions for local and global markets, devising original offerings for the Indian market, joint initiatives with other Siemens centres and high-end R&D work.

The company employs over 9,000 people in India across 10 group entities and 11 factories. Siemens has over 3,000 people engaged in software development in India and around 1,700 people in research, he added. Its revenues are pegged at around Rs 4,000 crore.

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