Honeywell launched its new Honeywell Masdar Innovation Center in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, as it looks to boost industrial digitalisation.
New to the region, the innovation and knowledge-exchange hub is designed to advance digital transformation across the oil, gas, petrochemical and infrastructure sectors. The centre, located in Masdar City, will be home to the latest automation solutions from across the globe and the region, including those assembled in the UAE, the company said.
It includes cutting-edge solutions for smart buildings and cities as well as technology for fire, security, personal safety, and intelligent wearables. Innovative digital solutions for oil and gas processing plants providing enhanced safety, reliability and competency within a cybersecure environment will also be on display. The solutions showcased at the Innovation Center focus on making these industries smarter, safer, more efficient, productive and sustainable.
The Innovation Center contains a demonstration space with exhibition and conference areas to benefit the industry in the UAE and the broader Middle East. In addition, the facility supports Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (ADNOC) In Country Value (ICV) program and their latest digitalisation initiative – Oil & Gas 4.0 – to support the advancement of the UAE’s oil and gas and clean energy sector.
“We are immensely proud that Honeywell, a global Fortune 100 technology leader, has chosen Masdar City as the home for its new Innovation Center, thereby expanding the company’s presence here. This is an investment in Abu Dhabi’s growing knowledge economy that will further raise the international profile of Masdar City as a hub for sustainability and the home of innovation and next-generation technologies in the emirate,” said Masdar CEO Mohamed Jamel Al Ramahi.
“The inauguration of the Honeywell Masdar Innovation Center is a fantastic endorsement of everything Masdar City stands for, and a further boost for the city’s growing community.”
Services for engineering design, application software development, and support for new product introductions to the local market are part of the Innovation Center’s focus. It also hosts a lab for calibration of measuring equipment such as gas detectors. It is co-located with the Honeywell Customer Solutions Center in Masdar City, which specializes in in-country certified assembly, integration and testing for advanced oil and gas automation technologies for customers across the UAE and in neighbouring countries.
“Our investment in the Honeywell Masdar Innovation Center demonstrates our commitment to the UAE and advances innovation, connectivity, and digital transformation,” said Norm Gilsdorf, president, Honeywell, High Growth Regions, Middle East, Russia and Customs Union. “This centre localises the assembly of UAE tailored technologies and delivers end-to-end solutions from Abu Dhabi to our customers in the region. The centre enables us to offer more training to the local workforce, while supporting Masdar and the UAE’s efforts in creating greater sustainability and energy efficiency.”
The launch of the Innovation Center in Abu Dhabi follows the inauguration of Honeywell’s high-tech office complex and Customer Solutions Center in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, in 2017, and the launch of the Honeywell Technology Experience Center and Honeywell Industrial Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Dubai last year, representing continued significant investment and commitment from Honeywell to the region.
Honeywell has been serving customers in the Middle East for more than 60 years, and has been operating in Abu Dhabi for decades. The company’s solutions blend physical products with advanced software to create value for industries while supporting long-term national development visions and economic diversification across the region.