Erics­son gives up­date on Vau­dreuil-Do­rion ICT centre

Pro­ject one of three around globe

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Pi­lon po­sed the que­ry du­ring a Sept. 18 press event du­ring which the com­pa­ny, a wi­re­less com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­no­lo­gy giant, updated of­fi­cials and the me­dia on the sta­tus of the $434-mil­lion, 4 0, 0 0 0 - s q u a r e - metre glo­bal in­for­ma t ion - and- com­mu­ni­ca­tion-technologies centre, ICT, Erics­son is in the pro­cess of buil­ding in the Vau­dreuil-Do­rion in­dus­trial sec­tor.

The Glo­bal ICT Centre is one of three such fa­ci­li­ties Erics­son has or will open to en­able its world­wide 25,000 Re­search and De­ve­lop­ment en­gi­neers to col­la­bo­rate beyond bor­ders more ef­fi­cient­ly.

The first centre ope­ned this month in Linkö­ping, Swe­den. The fi­nal Glo­bal ITC Centre will be lo­ca­ted in Stock­holm, where Erics­son is ba­sed. Mr. Hen­der­son said the three fa­ci­li­ties com­bi­ned will be the size of 14 foot­ball fields. They will cost an es­ti­ma­ted $7 bil­lion SEK.

Mr. Hen­der­son says the Vau­dreuil-Do­rion centre is on track for an ex­pec­ted 2015 ope­ning date.

Last week’s ga­the­ring be­gan with a mul­ti­me­dia presentation and a ques­tion and ans­wer per­iod at the Cha­teau Vau­dreuil and en­ded with tours of the construc­tion site.

Mr. Hen­der­son ans­we­red Mayor Pi­lon’s ques­tion by saying the de­ci­sion to lo­cate the on­ly North Ame­ri­can super centre in Vau­dreuil-Do­rion had a lot to do with “fin­ding the right piece of land.” In ad­di­tion, proxi­mi­ty to exis­ting Erics­son Ca­na­da R&D of­fices in Ottawa and Mon­treal made Vau­dreuil-Do­rion a good choice.

Li­ke­ning the pro­cess to that of cas­ting a wide net, Mr. Hen­der­son said it was a pro­cess of eli­mi­na­tion that brought them to Vau­dreuil-Do­rion.

The com­pa­ny says the fa­ci­li­ty will house Erics­son’s com­plete portfolio and to­ge­ther with the two super centres, will al­low the com­pa­ny to conso­li­date test labs and da­ta centres cur­rent­ly lo­ca­ted around the world.

Most em­ployees at labs and test centres sla­ted to be clo­sed will be re­lo­ca­ted or reas­si­gned, the ga­the­ring was told. The fo­cus of the com­pa­ny’s R&D operations

Vau­dreuil-Do­rion mayor Guy Pi­lon had one bur­ning ques­tion when spea­king with Erics­son Ca­na­da president Mark Hen­der­son last Thurs­day: “why Vau­dreuil-Do­rion?”

will shift to in­no­va­tion of next-ge­ne­ra­tion tech­no­lo­gy and cloud-ba­sed ser­vices.

And while the Vau­dreuil-Do­rion ICT centre will pri­ma­ri­ly be staf­fed by en­gi­neers and tech­ni­cians, an es­ti­ma­ted 50 to 60 new jobs are ex­pec­ted to be crea­ted.

In ad­di­tion to the on­going construc­tion, the run­ning of the me­ga centre will re­quire “a tre­men­dous amount of ener­gy,” Thurs­day’s ga­the­ring was told. Two thirds of the fa­ci­li­ty’s space will be de­vo­ted to dra­wing the 45 me­ga­watts of nee­ded po­wer. The com­pa­ny says it has been ha­ving “great ne­go­tia­tions” with Hy­dro Que­bec, and will bring in de­di­ca­ted po­wer lines in phases in or­der to meet its po­wer ob­jec­tives. Phase one will see two po­wer lines brought in. Des­pite the huge draw, the fa­ci­li­ty will re­por­ted­ly boast “in­dus­try-lea­ding ener­gy ef­fi­cien­cy.”

Mayor Pi­lon ad­mit­ted there have been some gro­wing pains, with neigh­bours cal­ling city hall to com­plain about noise from wee­kend construc­tion. Es­pe­cial­ly conten­tious was a pro­cess du­ring which en­or­mous pi­lings were being dri­ven deep in­to the ground. The re­sul­ting noise and vi­bra­tions cau­sed ma­ny com­plaints, he said.

“We spoke to (Erics­son) and they were ve­ry coo­pe­ra­tive. They re­du­ced the noise by not doing the construc­tion on Sa­tur­days,” Pi­lon said, ad­ding the de­ci­sion de­layed the ove­rall construc­tion time but ap­pea­sed the re­si­dents.

Pi­lon said in ad­di­tion to gi­ving Vau­dreuil-Do­rion a $1 mil­lion an­nual tax break, Erics­son is “not as­king any­thing from us in terms of in­fra­struc­ture. They’re ta­king care of eve­ry­thing.”

Erics­son em­ploys 3,100 people in Ca­na­da and pro­vides fun­ding for R&D pro­jects at more than 15 Ca­na­dian uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges.

Stu­dents are al­so gi­ven the chance to gain hands-on ex­pe­rience at Erics­son fa­ci­li­ties.

World­wide Erics­son em­ploys more than 110,000 people in more than 180 coun­tries. Erics­son was foun­ded in 1876.

PHO­TO DA­NIEL CUILLERRIER

Of f i ci al s with Eric s s on Ca­na­da were in Vau­dreuil-Do­rion last week to give an up­date on the construc­tion of the Vau­dreuil-Do­rion Glo­bal ICT Centre.

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