Nokia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with City of Sendai to deliver technology solutions for local businesses while contributing to improvements in the quality of life for citizens.
The agreement covers public safety management, including disaster recovery, activities to improve the safety and security of local citizens, and the testing and development of Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) and 5G applications within the city.
The memorandum will establish Nokia as a long-term strategic partner to the city. The two parties plan to stage a joint disaster exercise in 2018, and will collaborate further on public safety innovation and development.
Nokia will also offer its Nokia Innovation Platform and other innovation programs to universities and startups in Sendai to help the city to establish a local ecosystem and support business opportunities outside of Japan. Finally, Nokia and Sendai will co-establish a test bed for MEC and 5G applications to accelerate related use cases.
Kazuko Koori, Mayor, City of Sendai said, “Nokia will help us create a safer and more secure city environment for the citizens of Sendai, easy and quick access to the foreign IT market, as well as provide an MEC/5G test platform for mid-small size businesses and start-ups. Sendai already has existing MoUs with DOCOMO and Oulu in Finland, and the idea is to gain further synergies with the new agreement with Nokia.”
Jae Won, head of Nokia Japan said, “We are honored to be selected as a strategic partner to help the city of Sendai continue their recovery and deploy our wide portfolio of technologies for crucial disaster management and recovery initiatives. Nokia is helping many cities in the world with their smart city transformation, such as Bristol in the U.K., Tampere in Finland, and Dubai in the UAE – and now the businesses and communities in Sendai will benefit from our technology expertise.”