India: Research and development unit of Hexagon AB, Hexagon Capability Centre India (HCCI) has opened a 1,200-seater office in Hyderabad. Along with this, the IT firm also announced that the HCCI will relocate operations at its four offices in the city to the new facility in Hi-Tec city.
The facility houses Hexagon's Product R&D and services teams working on integrated technologies in the areas of aerospace, agriculture, automotive infrastructure, construction, mining, power, safety, surveying and security. It is one of the three major R&D facilities of Hexagon – Switzerland and the U.S. has one each.
Vice president and country manager Navaneet Mishra said that the headcount of the unit is 1,000 and there are plans to raise this by 200 in about two and a half years. Apart from those engaged in the R&D operation in the city, the company has a sales network of about 250 people spread across the country.
The Hyderabad centre came into the Hexagon AB fold as part of its acquisition of engineering and software company Intergraph Corporation for $2.13 billion in July 2010, a release said. President of Hexagon (Safety & Infrastructure) Steven Cost said Hyderabad is an integral part of Hexagon AB's global R&D and delivery network. On future expansion of HCCI operations and infrastructure, he said: “As business dictates, we will grow it.”
Hexagon, whose software serves as the core of the Dial 100 programme of Madhya Pradesh’s government’s emergency response services, sees lot of opportunities emerging from India’ ambitious smart city programme.