Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Qualcomm powers Finnish IoT innovation centre

Steve Rogerson
October 10, 2019
Finland IoT services company Uros is to open an IoT and 5G innovation centre at its Oulu headquarters using technology from Qualcomm.
The centre is part of a partnership with California-based Thundercomm Technology, an IoT company set up in 2016 as a joint venture between Qualcomm and Thunder Software.
This facility will use IoT products and services from Qualcomm and will allow various teams to collaborate and work together with Uros in a live environment to accelerate IoT and 5G technology creation and adaptation for real-world products and services.
Focusing on smart cities, wearables, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, drones, industrial IoT, fintech and automotive, the centre is targeted at start-ups, established companies (OEMs and ODMs) and universities as a place to promote IP generation and monetisation of technology with a quick-turn platform offering.
The centre is the first to be opened by Thundercomm in Europe and is a joint collaboration with Uros and the Finnish government to provide an innovation facility for Finland, the Nordic countries and the greater EU region. The Finnish government's various technical departments are involved, demonstrating their commitment to foster open innovation and partnerships with the private and public sectors.
"I'm very excited about this joint initiative with Thundercomm and the Finnish government with support from Qualcomm Technologies," said Jerry Raatikainen, CEO of Uros. "I see this as a first step in establishing a place where new technology can be introduced to the region on an on-going basis to explore new possibilities. Uros is proud to be able to provide new opportunities and enablement for local and EU-wide players while advancing Finland's innovation agenda on national and international levels."
Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president of Qualcomm Technologies, added: "Qualcomm invents the fundamental technologies that change how the world connects, computes and communicates. The continuing development of the internet of things will have a profound impact on a wide range of industries, from smart agriculture to consumer robotics to connected factories, and we are very excited to support the opening of this innovation centre with Thundercomm, Uros and the Finnish government to accelerate the pace of IoT development in Finland and Europe."