Dubai home to Canon’s first In­no­va­tion Cen­tre re­gion­ally

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Canon Mid­dle East, in part­ner­ship with Dubai In­ter­net City (DIC), un­veiled its very first In­no­va­tion Cen­tre in the Mid­dle East yes­ter­day in Dubai, the United Arab Emi­rates. The In­no­va­tion Cen­tre is an evolved show­room con­cept, and Canon has cho­sen the UAE to de­velop the cen­tre to its full po­ten­tial and es­tab­lish it as a model for show­rooms of the fu­ture.

The In­no­va­tion Cen­tre is part of Canon’s strat­egy of work­ing closely with its cus­tomers. It pro­vides busi­nesses and other en­ti­ties with a live demon­stra­tion of all of Canon’s lat­est hard­ware and soft­ware tech­nolo­gies. Canon’s full range of busi­ness so­lu­tions are on dis­play and can be tested as they would in any of­fice or ware­house en­vi­ron­ment. It will also as­sist in of­fer­ing a man­age­able sys­tem while as­sur­ing cost sav­ing, added se­cu­rity, and open­ing new com­mu­ni­ca­tions sce­nar­ios for end-con­sumers.

“This is Canon’s first In­no­va­tion Cen­tre in the re­gion, and Dubai is the ideal city to host this evolved show­room. The UAE is lead­ing the drive for technology, in­no­va­tion and smart cities, and our In­no­va­tion Cen­tre is in line with the govern­ment’s vi­sion,” said Anurag Agrawal, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Canon Mid­dle East. “The In­no­va­tion Cen­tre is also de­signed to in­spire our cus­tomers and fos­ter part­ner­ships where we can come to­gether with like-minded cor­po­rates and en­ti­ties to cre­ate pi­o­neer­ing so­lu­tions that ben­e­fit the larger nar­ra­tive of the UAE govern­ment,” he added.

Canon is ex­plor­ing the chang­ing world of busi­ness and data, and help­ing cus­tomers ad­dress their chal­lenges and im­prove their busi­ness. The In­no­va­tion Cen­tre pro­vides hard­ware and soft­ware technology as well as process con­sul­tancy, with Canon work­ing along­side its cus­tomers to build the best so­lu­tion for their or­ga­ni­za­tions based on their busi­ness pri­or­i­ties.

Speak­ing on the suc­cess­ful launch, Ammar Al-Malik, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Dubai In­ter­net City said, “Canon has been a trusted part­ner of Dubai In­ter­net City since 2001. Its in­vest­ment to set up its first In­no­va­tion Cen­tre in the Mid­dle East proves that Dubai is the lo­ca­tion of choice for es­tab­lished and emerg­ing in­no­va­tors. At Dubai In­ter­net City, we con­sis­tently strive to ac­cel­er­ate and en­able in­no­va­tion, dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion and growth, and the launch of to­day’s new cen­tre is a tes­ti­mony to that mis­sion. We are glad to wel­come Canon to our thriv­ing ecosys­tem of part­ner in­no­va­tion cen­tres, which play a key role in bring­ing ideas to life and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple with di­verse back­grounds to ex­change ideas, lever­age their re­spec­tive strengths and bring new and ex­cit­ing con­cepts to mar­ket.”

A note­wor­thy fea­ture of the In­no­va­tion Cen­tre is the In­ter­ac­tive Pro­jec­tion room, which trans­forms into a near vir­tual re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ence as a re­sult of eight 4D Canon pro­jec­tors cov­er­ing ev­ery an­gle. An­other key as­pect of the fa­cil­ity are the Aug­mented Re­al­ity ser­vices, which of­fer video ser­vices and cus­tomi­sa­tion of com­mu­ni­ca­tion us­ing vari­able data to meet the needs of to­day’s chang­ing dig­i­tal world and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. “In to­day’s evolv­ing eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment, we are adapt­ing and grow­ing to sup­port our cus­tomers’ chang­ing needs,” added Agrawal. “Canon re­cently com­mis­sioned a re­port called ‘Of­fice In­sights’ to un­der­stand how busi­nesses han­dle doc­u­ments. The re­port re­vealed that 70 per­cent of re­spon­dents be­lieve print­ing and copy­ing doc­u­ments are es­sen­tial or very im­por­tant. It also con­firmed that busi­nesses are turn­ing to digi­ti­sa­tion for ef­fi­ciency.

“How­ever, one of the most strik­ing find­ings is the wide­spread lack of aware­ness on how to go about digi­ti­sa­tion, or dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion, and the cost as­so­ci­ated with in­creased print­ing and scan­ning. Canon can help them nav­i­gate this part of their busi­ness,” he ex­plained.

The In­no­va­tion Cen­tre has sev­eral mighty ma­chines that can pro­duce largescale ma­te­ri­als, but some of the most no­table prod­ucts are sig­nif­i­cantly smaller. Doc­u­ment scan­ners are im­prov­ing the way busi­nesses work. Dig­i­tal doc­u­ments are now an es­sen­tial part of work­place pro­duc­tiv­ity, and with Canon’s doc­u­ment scan­ners, busi­ness can com­pletely trans­form their sys­tems to sup­port a se­cure dig­i­tal space for their doc­u­ments. Through digi­ti­sa­tion, busi­nesses can sig­nif­i­cantly cut costs and have easy ac­cess to any file within sec­onds. “In line with our cor­po­rate phi­los­o­phy of ‘Kyo­sei’, our strat­egy has al­ways been to drive sus­tain­able growth and strengthen our core busi­ness by be­ing a part­ner that helps solve the chal­lenges of our cus­tomers. With Canon’s ex­per­tise and prod­uct so­lu­tions, we are the right part­ner to man­age th­ese es­sen­tial busi­ness el­e­ments cost-ef­fec­tively, es­pe­cially if th­ese are re­lated to im­prov­ing in-house doc­u­ment pro­cess­ing and im­ple­ment­ing se­cure dig­i­ti­za­tion,” Agrawal added.

The Canon In­no­va­tion Cen­tre is lo­cated on Sheikh Zayed Road for easy ac­cess to busi­nesses in­ter­ested in in­cor­po­rat­ing Canon’s busi­ness so­lu­tions into their or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Canon’s first In­no­va­tion Cen­tre in the Mid­dle East.

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