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NEC Laboratories Europe celebrates its 10th Anniversary

NEC to host commemorative symposium conducted by university professors from various countries

(PresseBox) (Tokyo, Heidelberg and London, ) 'NEC Laboratories Europe', the European R&D centre for network technologies, was established as 'Network Laboratories' in Heidelberg, Germany in April 1998. In commemoration, NEC Laboratories is hosting a 10th Anniversary Symposium today to which it has invited around 50 representatives from various fields from universities and companies in Europe.

NEC Laboratories Europe maintains three facilities; in Heidelberg and Sankt Augustin in Germany and in London in the UK. The Network Research Division located in Heidelberg and London (Acton) focuses on R&D for network technologies and standardization activities, while the IT Research Division in Sankt Augustin focuses on R&D for IT technologies such as the development of simulation technologies using supercomputers and IT services basic technologies.

On its 10th Anniversary, the Network Research Division of NEC Laboratories Europe can present numerous successes, including an IP Telephony Security Framework called VoIP SEAL(TM) , Car-2-Car communication technology for ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems), and Identity Management technologies (developed jointly with NEC Central Research Laboratories, CRL in Japan).

On 1st April, the Standardization Promotion Centre Europe, SPCE, was established at NEC Europe Ltd. (London, UK; President & CEO: Toshiyuki Mineno) to conduct the company's standardization activities in Europe. The Centre was set up in order to conduct strategic standardization activities in cooperation with NEC Laboratories Europe: complementing the standardization activities conducted at NEC Laboratories Europe in cooperation with the NEC Corporations operations division such as 3GPP, TISPAN, OMA, IETF and IEEE (see Note 1).

'NEC Laboratories Europe is a research organization delivering innovation from Europe, and over the last ten years, we have produced steady results. This has been achieved through close collaboration with many European research partners, we will continue to work jointly with European research partners, customers and NEC's Japanese research and development units to accelerate technical advances in information and communication technologies meeting the needs of the European people! ' said Dr. Heinrich Stüttgen, Vice President of NEC Laboratories Europe,

Outside of Japan NEC maintains six R&D facilities, with almost 300 staff members, comprising NEC Laboratories Europe (Heidelberg and St. Augustin (Germany) and London (UK) as well as NEC Laboratories America in Princeton and Silicon Valley (US), and NEC Laboratories China in Beijing.

NEC develops 'ID federation technology' which simultaneously offers security and privacy.

Note 1:

-3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project): partnership project working on the development of specifications for IMT-2000 W-CDMA
-TISPAN (Telecoms & Internet converged Services & Protocols for Advanced Networks): internet technologies project
-OMA (Open Mobile Alliance) specifying interoperable mobile services
-IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force): standardization of TCP/IP and other internet technologies
-IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.)

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