Mayor Jim Watson along with leaders from Thales in Canada and members of the Ottawa academic and business communities, officially opened Thales’ new Experience Centre today.

“As a leader in R&D investment in Canada, Thales has designed this innovative new space to support the development of new technologies and help build the next generation of solutions, with our partners in key areas such as urban security, smart mobility and urban computing,” said Siegfried Usal, Vice President, Strategy and Communications. "For Thales, this dedication to co-innovation is the only efficient model to create shared value and growth for our customers, partners and ourselves.” The goal of the Thales Experience Centre is to foster local collaboration while supporting the co-design solutions of the future in urban security and defence, together with industry, start-ups and academic institutions.

“The launch of this Experience Centre demonstrates Thales’ commitment to the research and development of new technologies right here in Ottawa, and is a vibrant example of a thriving high-tech company in our community,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

The local, real-world testing capacity of the Experience Centre leverages Thales’ leadership as a founding partner of the Joint Research Unit in Urban Science located in Quebec City, taking a citizen centric approach to local challenges and together creating solutions that will improve the way key assets including water, electricity, urban spaces and infrastructure are managed.

Consistently ranked among the top 100 R&D spenders in Canada, Thales, with its Experience Centre, will also support the growth of Ottawa’s world class high-tech knowledge sector with planned addition of up to 50 new positions at Thales in Ottawa over the next five years.