Fujitsu opens R&D center in Tel Aviv on data security technologies

Japanese IT multinational Fujitsu has announced the upcoming opening of a new research and development (R&D) center in Israel to expand its activities in the field of data security and artificial intelligence-based systems.

Fujitsu plans to recruit 10 employees in Israel for the Tel Aviv center, which is scheduled to open in April 2023, as well as Japanese and European researchers.

The R&D center will be dedicated to security technology solutions for communication networks based on artificial intelligence (AI), as part of Fujitsu’s global data and security strategy, one of the five key R&D technology areas that the company has reserved globally.

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“As one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, Israel offers Fujitsu a concentration of talent and an environment conducive to innovation like few exist,” said Fujitsu’s chief technology officer. Fujitsu, Vivek Mahajan, during a visit to Israel. “The teams we will be building in Israel will work with our global research network and play a central role in the development of future security and AI technologies from Fujitsu. »

Adel Rouz, CEO of Fujitsu Research of Europe Ltd, will oversee the operations of the new R&D office.

This announcement comes one year after the partnership between Fujitsu and Ben Gurion University of the Negev, which gave birth to the Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Beer Sheva, whose objective is to work on research and common technologies to secure AI-based systems.

Under the three-year partnership, signed with the university’s technology transfer company, BGN Technologies, Israeli researchers focus on developing security technologies for AI-based systems to defend themselves against increasingly sophisticated online attacks.

Mahajan said he hopes the new R&D center will “deepen the collaboration with Ben Gurion University.” During his visit to Israel, Mahajan will meet with officials from the Ministry of Economy’s Foreign Trade Administration and the Israel Export Institute.

“By combining the expertise of Ben Gurion University and other institutions in cyberspace and network security with the technology of trust (or blockchain) and the know-how of our company, we will carry out research on trust for better network protection by combining real world and digital technologies, and we will deploy the resulting solutions globally,” Fujitsu said in a statement.

The systems Fujitsu plans to develop will be deployable for a range of technologies, such as self-driving networks and self-checkouts, as well as automated analysis of surveillance video data to detect threats to public safety. , including anti-attack technologies for AI object detection, the company said.

Fujitsu is one of the world’s largest information and communications technology equipment and services companies, with reported annual revenue of $32 billion in fiscal year 2022. multinational employs more than 120,000 people in 100 countries.

Israel and Japan established diplomatic ties as early as 1952; Economic activity and defense relations between the two countries have grown and warmed in recent years. Japanese companies have invested a total of $13 billion in Israel’s tech industry since 2000, and more than 85 Japanese companies are currently present in Israel, according to the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Earlier this month, Israel and Japan announced their intention to take the first steps towards the signature of a free trade agreement, which should reduce customs duties and lower the prices of imported cars, toys and other products made in Japan.

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