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EY launches innovation centre focusing on intelligent automation

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Chee Hong Tat (second from left), Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry & Education, views a demonstration of a virtual reality rugby training together with (from left) Will Duckworth, EY Asia-Pacific Digital Leader; Alex Hutchison, Advisory Director; Jonathan Rees, EY Asean Digital Leader; and Max Loh, EY Asean and Singapore Managing Partner.

EY on Tuesday opened a new innovation centre that will focus on helping clients integrate intelligent automation in their business processes. Technology that will be developed at the centre include artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain and robotics.

Companies will be able to collaborate with EY professionals at the centre through immersion workshops or longer-term projects that will explore solutions, new business models or commercial opportunities. “Pop-up centres” can also be brought to clients’ locations, said EY.

The centre, located on Robinson Road, is the latest in the group’s global network of innovation centres called Wavespace. There are currently 18 of such flagship centres, including the one in Singapore.

Each Wavespace centre focuses on technology most relevant to their respective market. For instance, the centre in Shanghai, which opened in July, collaborates with clients on smart factory operations, digital finance, digital strategy, cyber security and intelligent robotics.

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The Wavespace centre in Singapore will have a resident team of 20 to 30 people, comprising business strategists, user experience designers and emerging technologists.

But EY professionals specialising in their various sectors will also be brought in whenever their technical expertise is needed in developing the solutions, said Max Loh, EY Asean and Singapore managing partner.

Wavespace centres around the world can also collaborate with each other to develop solutions for clients, said EY.

Centres in Hong Kong and Sydney will be launched later this year.