Nokia Bell Labs Selected by NATO for its Defence Innovation Accelerator DIANA

Nokia Bell Labs in Budapest has been chosen to join NATO's Defense Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) as both an accelerator and test site. This selection is part of NATO's initiative to develop dual-use emerging and disruptive technologies. Nokia Bell Labs will provide access to its cutting-edge testing facilities and expertise to support companies working on solutions in key sectors identified by the Alliance.

The focus areas include advanced capabilities such as 6G, post-quantum security, knowledge management, reliable and cyber-resilient networking, and AI/ML-based digital twins of communication networks. Nokia Bell Labs' involvement in DIANA will support NATO's efforts to maintain technological leadership and address challenges affecting security and defense.

Currently, Nokia Bell Labs in Budapest is researching autonomous intent-based robust and resilient network management architectures for special cyber security, critical networks and defense use cases for 5G, 5G-Advanced and 6G, including the creation of blueprints for using 5G for defense and cyber-physical test ranges.

Prof. Deeph Chana, Managing Director of DIANA, said, “Part of DIANA’s strength is our unique transatlantic network of talent centres and innovation leaders working
toward a common purpose. The breadth and diversity of partners in DIANA’s network will accelerate the development and deployment of ground-breaking solutions for defence, security and peace

Interestingly, Prof. Chana has been Senior Advisor at Indian conglomerate, Reliance Industries Limited, between 2017 and 2020.

Peter Vetter, President of Bell Labs Core Research at Nokia, said: “By becoming part of the DIANA network, Nokia Bell Labs in Hungary will be able to support NATO and help maintain the technological leadership of the Alliance and its members that protect its one billion citizens. This is yet another example of Nokia’s commitment to EU innovation, the Defense community and the development of dual-use technologies.”

NATO's DIANA has a network of over 200 affiliated accelerator sites and test centers.

Recently, NATO selected 44 companies for DIANA projects to address challenges related to undersea sensing and surveillance, secure information-sharing, and energy resilience. These companies are part of the first cohort and were chosen from over 1,300 applicants. They will work on developing technology solutions for the alliance's defense and security challenges.

The NATO DIANA program has seen several success stories since its inception. For instance, the German company Helsing and Estonian companies Defendec and Milrem have shared their achievements in the defense sector. These companies have made significant contributions to defense innovation, showcasing the potential of the DIANA initiative to foster technological advancements within the Alliance.

Moreover, the first cohort of 44 companies selected for DIANA projects is working on challenges related to undersea sensing and surveillance, secure information-sharing, and energy resilience. These companies were chosen from over 1,300 applicants and are now actively developing their technology solutions with the support of DIANA's resources and network. Each company has received funding and mentorship to aid in the development of their projects, marking a dynamic and promising start for the program.

Nokia Bell Labs

Nokia Bell Labs is an American industrial research and scientific development company owned by the Finnish company Nokia. It's headquartered in Murray Hill, New Jersey, and operates a global network of laboratories. Known for its significant contributions to information technology and telecommunications, Bell Labs researchers have been credited with the development of radio astronomy, the transistor, the laser, the photovoltaic cell, the charge-coupled device (CCD), information theory, the Unix operating system, and programming languages like B, C, C++, and others.

Throughout its history, Bell Labs has been associated with a number of groundbreaking discoveries and developments, earning its researchers no less than ten Nobel Prizes². Originally established as Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1925, it has undergone several changes in ownership and name, with Nokia acquiring it in 2016 as part of its purchase of Alcatel-Lucent.

Today, Nokia Bell Labs continues to focus on innovating technologies that aim to transform how we live, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and sustainable, impactful research. They are actively involved in the development of 6G technology and have recently been selected for the NATO DIANA accelerator to develop dual-use emerging and disruptive technologies.

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