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The first Internet of Things (IoT) hardware accelerator in the Middle East region - Brinc Batelco IoT Hub - has been unveiled in Bahrain and it aims to be a leader in driving innovation in the field of technology.
The growing buzz around the IoT is undeniable. It is the name given for the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software and sensors which enable them to connect and exchange data.
The hub is based at high-tech new premises located on the third floor of Batelco Commercial Centre in Manama. It will be offering programmes and services tailored for IoT hardware start-ups and entrepreneurs looking for speed, access and the know-how to build successful companies.
Brinc Batelco IoT Hub was officially opened last week in the presence of the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, VIPs and executives from the two companies involved.
Batelco, a digital solutions provider and one of Bahrain’s biggest companies, announced last year that it had teamed up with Brinc MENA, a hands-on IoT hardware accelerator, to launch the hub to enhance the growth of technology, particularly digitisation.
“Encouraging innovation within the ICT sector is one of the most important factors contributing to the continued growth of the kingdom’s economy,” said chairman Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa. “We are very pleased to present Brinc Batelco IoT Hub which will help entrepreneurs achieve their goals in developing and launching innovative products and services.”
The champions of IoT believe it will create opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, resulting in efficiency improvements, economic benefits and reduced human exertions.
The hub in Bahrain wants to provide an ‘unprecedented opportunity’ to access mentorship, product design and development guidance, manufacturing and exposure to regional and global investors and markets, all in one programme.