Nokia ‘Future X Days’ Reveals Most Important Hungarian R&D


In celebration of its 20th anniversary in the country, Nokia Hungary opened its doors for three days to showcase the 25 most important developments of its Hungarian R&D center.

A member of the public tries out a Nokia innovation.

The world is not short of crazy ideas. Innovations abound that offer solutions to problems in ways we never thought could be possible. Only a few decades ago, generating energy from water and sun or running a family car on electricity was inconceivable. Today, these inventions are increasingly part of our lives.  

A great deal of today’s technological innovation takes place thanks to mobile network development and that, too, has come a long way. In 2008, 4G was just being introduced; in 2018 we are already talking about what the 5G-network can handle.

Finnish telecommunication giant Nokia’s R&D activity in Hungary encompasses everything from artificial intelligence solutions and 5G networks to more traditional mobile switching centers.  

To celebrate, the company opened its doors to its local and international partners, industrial professionals and university students and also organized a conference under the title “Future Nokia X Days”. The idea was to showcase the 25 most important Nokia innovations developed in Hungary.  

Emergency Network

One is a backpack that can be turned into a cell tower designed for emergency situations where power and telecommunications networks are down. The small-sized, robust and easily transportable 25 kg mobile network can be set up and operated by anyone who has undertaken the short training course by Nokia. It allows multiple people to chat and make video-calls simultaneously; the conversation can be managed by an operator as well.

The product is commercially available as of this year. The obvious target group is first responders and rescue organizations, but it can also be used anyone who wishes to create a connection in places where there is no network coverage.  

Another breakthrough innovation is a system that analyzes driver behavior using artificial intelligence. Despite the expansion of self-driving technology, human drivers and interaction will still be required in the future. Drivers remain a key influencing factor on road safety. Many aspects of driver behavior can be understood via the analysis of the vehicles’ motion, using sensors such as the accelerometer or gyroscope.

Nokia’s system tracks and records everything from acceleration, braking, lane change to road surface anomalies like potholes and bumps and how smoothly or aggressively the driver takes these. Based on the gathered data, analysts can tell if, for example, someone takes a turn aggressively because it is poorly designed or because this is simply how that person drive. The system can be used for optimizing maps or transportation solutions and can also have an impact on vehicle insurance.

“Hungarian professionals at Nokia Bell Labs and Nokia Technology Center perform world-leading research and development activity in several fields of mobile technology,” said Gergely Mihálka, a member of Nokia’s global executive management on October 9. “Future X Days provided an excellent opportunity to showcase the 25 most important technological innovations developed in Hungary.”

Nokia in Hungary

Nokia has been present in Hungary since 1998. Its headquarters in Budapest, Nokia Skypark, is home to one of the biggest IT and telecommunication R&D centers in the country. The company now employs 2,200 people and its local research center, Nokia Bell Labs performs fundamental research in the field of artificial intelligence and cognitive science, among other areas.

Gergely Mihálka, member of Nokia’s global executive management.
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