Corning Inc. officially cut the ribbon at its new Montreal software research and development facility on Mar. 25th.
Best known for its Gorilla Glass for smartphones, Corning also has ventures in environmental science and optical communications. In 2015, it acquired iBwave Solutions, the Montreal-based network software provider.
Corning will use the new location to collaborate with engineers from iBwave Solutions. The Montreal facility will first focus on developing software solutions for Corning’s communication technologies, then branch into Corning’s other verticals including augmented reality, cloud computing, and data analysis.
“The combination of transformative technologies and applications such as 5G, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things depends on the optical connectivity solutions made possible by Corning’s innovations,” said Claudio Mazzali, senior vice president of technology for Corning’s Optical Communications business segment. “The work that will take place here in our Montreal technology center will extend Corning’s innovation capabilities beyond optical transport and connectivity, all the way to the intelligence required to deploy and enable those applications. Montreal is emerging as a major center of software innovation, and Corning is glad to be part of it.”
To establish connections with the local development community, Corning has joined the Institute for Data Valorisation, or IVADO for short. IVADO aims to transform Montreal and Quebec into Canada’s technology research hub.