Fortinet, the Nasdaq-listed cybersecurity vendor has announced the setting up of its new innovation centre in Bengaluru to build Wi-Fi solutions. The centre is the company’s largest R&D facility outside North America. The team at the Fortinet Innovation Centre will develop algorithms that secure large enterprise networks running mobile and IoT devices, and location-based services. The Wi-Fi research facility adds to the vendor’s distributed denial of service (DDoS) R&D team in Hyderabad, which builds the hardware logic for its DDoS attack mitigation appliances.
“In Bangalore, we are building enterprise class Wi-Fi systems that seamlessly onboard and switch customers between Wi-Fi and LTE networks,” said Kishore Reddy, vice-president of engineering & country manager, Fortinet Innovation Centre. “Our research team will also provide business intelligence to customers who have very large on-premise Wi-Fi deployments. The investments to expand the R&D infrastructure here augment Fortinet’s plans to increase its share in the global wireless market.” The company did not share any investment figures with the media.
Fortinet also inaugurated its new 60,000 sq ft office, spread across three floors in Bengaluru, which consolidates various offices to one location, including the 25,000 sq ft innovation centre. The company’s senior executive vice president, worldwide sales and support , Patrice Perche inaugurated the centre and shared Fortinet’s business expansion plans in India.
The cybersecurity vendor is strengthening its presence in the Indian market with the appointment ofdomain specialists to provide network security expertise to every major industry—government, telecom, healthcare, BFSI, retail, manufacturing and education.
“Today, most connected devices use Wi-Fi as their default connectivity standard. With the proliferation of IoT, seamlessly blending Wi-Fi access with network protection is an integral part of the Fortinet security fabric. With the Wi-Fi industry growing at double-digit rates, the research activities
carried out by this team are highly relevant not only in the Indian market but all over the world,” said Perche.