Last week, Itron hosted the Hungarian minister of foreign affairs and trade at its recently opened software center of excellence in Budapest, which will focus on developing Itron’s cloud-based software. The opening ceremony was located at the Deák Palace in Budapest on Oct. 25, where Bruce Douglas, Itron’s senior vice president, general manager of software and services, and Róbert Ésik, president of the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency, cut a ribbon with Hungary’s national colors.
Douglas spoke at the ceremony of Itron’s investment in recruiting staff from nearby universities, and that the center will continue Itron’s commitment to enhance cloud services by providing around-the-clock support for continuous development cycles. These services will lead to velocity of innovation, continuous software delivery and faster implementation time for customers.
Itron’s operation in Hungary started 10 years ago and has since grown to be the center of Itron’s Central-European network, providing services to regional markets. These positive outcomes inspired Itron to expand its operations and open a research and development center in Hungary.
Building on Itron’s success in the region, the center will collect and analyze water and energy data from several European countries. Additionally, the center will develop software for smart measure devices.
Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s minister of foreign affairs and trade, noted the strategic importance of the center for economic development. He said the partnership distinguishes Hungary as an R&D leader.
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