The Belgium-based Barco group has formally opened its software development centre in Chennai (Madras), South India. The 100 per cent export oriented unit, Barco Electronic Systems, will focus on research and design of complicated software systems, rather than becoming involved in porting and maintenance software.
Its vision is to become a "centre of excellence in Barco's chosen niche areas of technology," says Hugo Vandamme, president and CEO of Barco. The systems and software designed and developed in Chennai will be integrated in the Barco product lines and sold worldwide, according to a company release.
The centre, located in the Elnet Software City, will also look into the localisation of Barco products. "In the areas of medical imaging displays, high end cable TV distribution, graphic systems, we want to match the requirements of the Indian market and remain competitive," added Vandamme.
The $700-million Barco group, which has a network of subsidiaries, distributors and agents in over 95 countries world wide, manufactures advanced electronics with five core activities: automation and visual inspection systems, graphic systems, high resolution displays & professional monitors, high end network equipment and sophisticated projection systems.
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