Japanese tech giant Fujitsu has announced its new AI business center headquartered in Canada, the Fujitsu Intelligence Technology. It is being built in effort to boost its global AI business and build on recent AI projects ranging from AI to detect fetal heart problems to AI-based banking service.
According to Fujitsu, in establishing the new AI company in Canada, Fujitsu Intelligence Technology will be supported by the British Columbia government together with the Canadian government, as they aim to position the nation as a global AI leader.
"With its new Vancouver AIHQ, Fujitsu aims to become a central player in the North American, and global AI ecosystems. In tandem with this it plans to forge strong ties in its community, hiring local AI talent with knowledge of the latest, leading-edge technologies," Fujitsu reported.
Of the new development, British Columbia premier John Horgan said: "Fujitsu is a significant global player in information and communications technology, and a greatly valued addition to British Columbia's diverse and growing technology sector.
"In Vancouver and across British Columbia, Fujitsu will have the opportunity to collaborate with our state-of-the-art universities and research facilities to discover new ways that artificial intelligence can help solve local and global challenges," Horgan commented.
The new company started operation on November 1 and is valued at nearly $4.55m. It is being spearheaded by Fujitsu's EVP vice head of digital services business Naoko Yoshizawa and will aim to accelerate innovative services for the Fujitsu Group.