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Ooredoo and Kopin launch new collaboration at Mobile World Congress

March 1, 2014 9:10 am

Ooredoo and Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN) today announced that they have entered into a strategic relationship to make Qatar one of the leading countries in the world for next generation wearable computing technology.

The collaboration was launched by Sheikh Saud bin Nasser Al Thani, CEO, Ooredoo Qatar and Dr. John C.C. Fan, Chief Executive Officer of Kopin, in a signing ceremony at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will collaborate on both the advancement of existing hands-free headset computing technology and innovative research to expand the range of wearable technology.

Sheikh Saud bin Nasser Al Thani, CEO, Ooredoo Qatar, said: “Driving technological advances is a key goal for Ooredoo, and our partnership with Kopin is designed to open new doors, particularly for the public safety and emergency sectors. The new technology developed through this collaboration will not only benefit Qatar, as we prepare to welcome the world for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but will also provide life-saving innovations for people of all nations, as we empower fire-fighters, emergency workers and police through wearable technology.”

Dr. Fan, CEO of Kopin said: “Kopin’s headset computing reference designs enable people to access information, including schematics, instructions and diagrams, through voice commands and view them while keeping their hands free during work. Ooredoo is our latest partner who envisions using our reference designs to create products with tremendous life-saving potential.”

The agreement is being signed as part of Ooredoo’s commitment to deliver Smart Solutions and Services, as the telecommunications company prepares Qatar to be one of the best-connected “Smart Cities” on the planet for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Ooredoo’s venture into wearable technology is aligned with its on-going investment into building the fastest and best networks for Qatar, so that all companies and people can benefit from cutting-edge innovations.

Ooredoo will provide hands-free mobile support for a number of public and private enterprises in Qatar, from aircraft maintenance to medical support, fire-fighting and disaster relief.