Hikvision USA Inc., and Hikvision Canada Inc., the China-based North American leaders in innovative video surveillance products and solutions, plan to establish an R&D Centre in Montreal and a Research Institute in Silicon Valley, California.
Based in Hangzhou, China, the North American R&D Centre and Research Institute will be the first established outside of China.
"These two major investments underscore Hikvision's R&D 'glocalization' (being global thinking local) strategy and the commitment to providing innovative, cutting-edge technology products tailored to the needs of our worldwide partners and customers," Yangzhong Hu, CEO of Hikvision said.
According to company officials, “expected to open in 2017, the Montreal Hikvision R&D Centre and will focus on engineering development. The Silicon Valley Hikvision Research Institute will focus on broad technology research.”
Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA Inc., and Hikvision Canada Inc., called Montreal the "ideal location for the new R&D Centre," lauding the city's "excellent talent pool and business-friendly environment." The headquarters for Hikvision Canada is also located in Montreal. Likewise, He said, the high tech hub of Silicon Valley is the logical location for the Hikvision Research Institute.
"The new R&D team will augment the services provided by the national enterprise solutions team," Eagle Ying, Director of Technology for Hikvision USA Inc., said. "Hikvision appreciates that solution requirements are different from region to region. The new Hikvision R&D team will be dedicated to furthering Hikvision innovation on the global scale."
Hikvision is well established in the SMB market in North America. In the past couple of years, the company has focused on expanding into the enterprise market, putting in place a national enterprise solutions team with knowledgeable engineering, technical, and sales support in regions across the US and Canada, company officials said.