04/07/2018 07:22 AST

Batelco, a leading digital solutions provider in Bahrain, has launched Brinc Batelco IoT Hub, the first Internet of Things (IoT) hardware accelerator in the Middle East region.

The IoT Hub was opened in the presence of the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, VIPs, Batelco board members and senior executives and Bahrain media representatives.

Batelco announced in 2017 that it had teamed up with Brinc Mena, a hands-on IoT hardware accelerator, to launch the Brinc-Batelco IOT Hub.

The state-of-the-art IOT Hub offers programmes and services tailored for IoT hardware start-ups and entrepreneurs looking for speed, access and the know-how to build successful companies. The Hub offers unprecedented opportunity to access mentorship, product design and development guidance, manufacturing and exposure to regional and global investors and markets, all in one programme.

Batelco chairman Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa said the establishment of the new Brinc Batelco IoT Hub promises to be a leader in driving innovation in the field of technology.

“Batelco believes in the importance of enhancing the growth of technology and particularly digitisation, as it’s in line with the efforts of developing this field within the Kingdom. These objectives will in turn support the growth of the economy and strengthen the Kingdom’s position as the leading regional technology hub,” he said.

“Encouraging innovation within the ICT sector is one of the most important factors contributing to the continued growth of the Kingdom’s economy. 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,” he added.

Batelco Bahrain CEO Mohamed Bubashait added that Batelco has been investing time, effort and capital to provide relevant digital solutions for consumers and businesses in the Kingdom of Bahrain as part of its drive to create the necessary ecosystem for a fully connected community.

“Encouraging innovation in the ICT industry is very important for the continued growth of Bahrain’s economy. We are therefore very pleased to be on board in providing this excellent IOT Hub to help entrepreneurs reach their goals in developing and rolling out innovative products and services,” he said.

Brinc chief development officer and head of Brinc Mena, Yasin Aboudaoud said: “We are confident that the new Hub will be a birthing ground not only for local talent, but also talented entrepreneurs from across the Middle East who yearn to revolutionize the ICT industry by building innovative IoT hardware products for the global consumer market.”

Brinc was established in Hong Kong in 2014 with offices in Shenzhen and Guangzhou. A collective driving force behind one team, Brinc bridges the gap between software, hardware and services to offer entrepreneurs a supportive roadmap that takes them through the journey from acceleration to distribution.

From its base in China Brinc has supported hundreds of founders from around the world and invested in and supported more than 30 start-ups, with a portfolio that has so far generated more than $18 million in follow-along funding and has products shipping in hundreds of stores around the world.

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