Ooredoo, Kopin to transform Qatar into a Smart country
27 Feb 2014 - 4:46
Ooredoo and Kopin Corporation officials at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona.
DOHA: Ooredoo and the US-based Kopin Corporation yesterday announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership to transform Qatar into one of the leading Smart countries in the world by introducing cutting-edge next generation technologies such as wearable computing devices and other smart solutions.
Kopin is a leading developer of innovative wearable computing technologies and solutions. Its technology portfolio includes ultra-small displays, optics, speech enhancement technology, software, low-power ASICs, and ergonomically designed smart headset concept systems.
Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will collaborate on both the advancement of existing hands-free headset computing technology and innovative research to expand the range of wearable technology.
The collaboration was launched by Sheikh Saud bin Nasser Al Thani, CEO, Ooredoo Qatar and Dr John C C Fan, CEO of Kopin, in a signing ceremony at the ongoing Mobile World Congress, Barcelona.
Sheikh Saud said: “Driving technological advances is a key goal for Ooredoo, and our partnership with Kopin is designed to open new doors, particularly for the public safety and emergency sectors.
“The new technology developed through this collaboration will not only benefit Qatar, as we prepare to welcome the world for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but will also provide life-saving innovations for people of all nations, as we empower fire-fighters, emergency workers and police through wearable technology.”
Dr Fan added said: “Kopin’s headset computing reference designs enable people to access information, including schematics, instructions and diagrams, through voice commands and view them while keeping their hands free during work. Ooredoo is our latest partner who envisions using our reference designs to create products with tremendous life-saving potential.”
The agreement is being signed as part of Ooredoo’s commitment to deliver Smart Solutions and Services, as the telecommunications company prepares Qatar to be one of the best-connected “Smart Cities” on the planet for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Ooredoo’s venture into wearable technology is aligned with its ongoing investment into building the fastest and best networks for Qatar, so that all companies and people can benefit from cutting-edge innovations.
Ooredoo will provide hands-free mobile support for a number of public and private enterprises in Qatar, from aircraft maintenance to medical support, fire-fighting and disaster relief.