Thales teams up with Neural Labs to support AI-powered smart cities

Thales teams up with Neural Labs to support AI-powered smart cities Duncan is an award-winning researcher, with 20 years experience of analysing the technology industry, specialising in cloud computing, edge computing, blockchain, cybersecurity and marketing technology.


Thales, a specialist in software monetisation and licensing, has expanded its partnership with Neural Labs, a company that provides video analysis for Smart Cities and AI-based Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), to enable secure, efficient, and practical solutions for vehicle access control and logistical planning.

Thales’ Sentinel platform provides services for software licensing, entitlement management, delivery, and protection – helping Neural Labs to quickly and efficiently automate the creation and issuance of licenses. As a result, Neural Labs was able to reduce costs and focus more on its customers, as well as the value of its software against competitors.

The relationship between Thales and Neural Labs initially started over two decades ago when Neural Labs selected Sentinel for software protection. Since then, the company has moved into a new era of digital transformation and adopted Thales Sentinel Cloud Licensing to manage its SaaS offering.

With this latest licensing iteration, Neural Labs can maximise SaaS capabilities to deploy and update licenses from any location for their entire product portfolio and growing sales teams. This partnership expansion is therefore crucial for the organisation to achieve its growth ambitions in an increasingly connected world.

Over the last three years, Neural Labs increased its revenue by nearly 25%, with Thales Sentinel playing its part by helping to reduce revenue leakage from unauthorized software use.

Elias Varcarcel, CEO, Neural Labs, said: “We always knew that we needed to protect our software and futureproof our business. Thales has been there with us since the very beginning to help us to avoid software piracy and make the most of every market opportunity. Now, we’re working with the team even more closely to prepare our software so that 100% will be offered on the cloud. The expansion of this partnership will help us to scale with the flexible and practical solutions, and our longstanding relationship means we can move forward with full trust.”

Damien Bullot, VP, software Monetisation, Thales, said: “For over 20 years, our team has provided the technical support to help Neural Labs on its mission to make cities, towns and the road network safer, smarter and more efficient. We’re incredibly proud that Neural Lab’s confidence in our platform and services has allowed them to grow exponentially. We’re now looking ahead to the next stage – full digital transformation backed by flexible and scalable solutions.”

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