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November 30, 2021

University of Technology Sydney and NTT Group partner to promote smarter, safer and more secure cities

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and NTT Corporation ("NTT"), a global leader in digital transformation, have agreed to promote smarter, safer and more secure cities in New South Wales (NSW) state.

Leveraging UTS's world-renowned research and facilities and NTT's global digital transformation capabilities, UTS and NTT will focus on the following areas:

  • Development of cutting-edge technologies and products
  • Joint Market Development for new R&D technologies
  • Fostering Start-up Ecosystem between Academics and Industry

UTS is one of the world-leading universities of technology and its academic expertise in Telecommunications (5G/6G), Quantum Computing Software, Robotics, Cybersecurity, Data Science and AI make it a strong co-innovation fit for Japanese tech giant, NTT.

The partnership will drive economic growth for NSW, create local jobs, increase the local talent pool, and support NSW's growing technology export economy.

"With the combined expertise and experience of UTS and NTT, New South Wales can expect innovation driven technologies to meet the evolving needs of our increasingly connected cities," said Professor Andrew Parfitt, the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Technology Sydney. "Sydney's Tech Precinct is the opportune location for this partnership to thrive and enable, power and integrate new technologies into our communities."

NTT has a strong reputation for smart innovation, collaborating with leading universities, cities and states worldwide. NTT's focused goal is to make communities and cities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Under the strategic partnership with UTS, NTT will accelerate co-innovation to promote smarter, safer and more secure cities using cutting-edge technologies in Telecommunications, Cybersecurity, IoT, AI, Virtual technologies, and digital transformation (DX) solutions.

As a first step, UTS and NTT will jointly conduct a proof of concept of cryptography Information-Sharing platform utilizing NTT's ABE (Attribute Based Encryption) technology and adopt it for internal applications in UTS in collaboration with Rapido, UTS's Technology development unit. UTS and NTT will accelerate to establish and enhance cybersecurity collaboration in Sydney and grow a joint market for new R&D technology.

"This partnership demonstrates the collaborative potential of NTT and UTS working together in the Sydney CBD," said Professor Ian Burnett, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and IT, University of Technology Sydney. "It is a tremendous opportunity for both NTT and UTS but more so for NSW in critical areas such as cyber security and 5G."

"We are delighted to start the partnership with UTS," said Akira Shimada, Senior Executive Vice President, NTT. "Through the partnership with UTS, NTT Group will promote and accelerate open collaborations and innovations to realize safer, smarter cities in NSW leveraging our cutting-edge technologies and smart solutions."

UTS and NTT will extend the collaboration to establish 5G DX Square for Co-Innovation of 5G business and use cases, Co-Creation of use cases combining URV based Sports Analytics, Digital Twin, Cybersecurity, and Quantum Computing enabling education and training of future digital professionals in NSW.

"This is a significant step for NTT and UTS to initiate advanced technological cooperation in development and co-innovation at Tech Central," said Masahiko Kiya, Consul-General of Japan in Sydney . "I look forward to NTT and UTS playing key roles in state-of-the-art technologies, products, and R&D technology developments, as well as nurturing the start-up ecosystem between academics and industries in NSW. This partnership will be a milestone for furthering technological development in cyber security and the 5G network to contribute to NSW's IoT development."

UTS and NTT are committed to expanding, establishing and improving smarter social environment and economic values in NSW by supporting and creating technologies in sustainability, decarbonization and innovative networks, and drive economic growth for NSW through development of local jobs and talent and increase in NSW's technology export economy.

About UTS

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS), located in central Sydney, is Australia's leading university of technology. It is known for fusing innovation, creativity and technology in its teaching and research and for being an industry-focused university. UTS enrols more than 40,000 students and is rated the No.1 'young' university in Australia in both the QS and the Times Higher Education rankings. For more information go to uts.edu.auOpen other window.

About NTT

NTT believes in resolving social issues through our business operations by applying technology for good. We help clients accelerate growth and innovate for current and new business models. Our services include digital business consulting, technology and managed services for cybersecurity, applications, workplace, cloud, data center and networks, all supported by our deep industry expertise and innovation. As a top 5 global technology and business solutions provider, our diverse teams operate in 80+ countries and regions and deliver services to over 190 of them. We serve over 80% of Fortune Global 100 companies and thousands of other clients and communities around the world. For more information on NTT, visit www.global.nttOpen other window.

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