The president of Alcatel Lucent Bell Labs, the research and development arm of the French network vendor, makes his first ever visit to the UAE this week for the start of GULFCOMMS.
Dr Jeong Kim, president of Bell Labs, says that security and privacy are the key areas of innovation for his team.
"Networks must have the intelligence to do physical and virtual identification, and this is an area where we are doing lots of R&D," he says.
To illustrate his point, Kim says that 600,000 laptops were stolen from US airports last year, with 60-70% of them containing company data. To address the problem, Bell Labs has developed a data card with an in-built modem and battery to allow the computer to be shut down remotely.
I've never met a CIO who doesn't want one," Kim says. "They don't ask ‘how much?', they ask ‘how can I get one?'."
Kim adds that Bell Labs approaches tasks in different ways. "Some problems are market driven, and some are technology driven," he says.
Bell Labs has an annual budget of US $3.6 billion, which equates to 15% of Alcatel Lucent's revenue for last year, with 30% of Alcatel Lucent's workforce involved in research and development.
Alcatel Lucent's Middle East VP, Mazen Hamadallah, says Bell Labs is determined to remain at the forefront of research and innovation, and that its budget will be unaffected by the global economic crisis.
It is clear that if you shut down research and development even for a short time, you lose your position in the future. That is not something that we want to do," he says.For all the latest tech news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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