Sony currently has global software development facilities in the United States, Europe and Japan. In emerging countries, we have those facilities in China and India. Among these, Sony India Software Centre (SISC), located in Bangalore -- India's Silicon Valley -- has expanded notably in recent years. Established in 1997, SISC serves as a development base for software used in a wide range of products manufactured by Sony Group companies around the world and as the Group's global offshore IT centre.
With the role of software taking on ever-greater importance in this digitized age, SISC is rapidly augmenting its team of engineers. In fiscal year 2010, ended March 31, 2011, we had approximately 1,000 engineers on staff. With an eye to further personnel expansion, in January 2010 we moved to a new SEZ (Special Economic Zone) in Vrindavan Tech Village.
In fiscal year 2010, ended March 31, 2011, our work contributed to efforts of the entire Sony Group to advance state-of-the-art 3D technologies, as well as to the development of new products, including Sony Internet TV, Sony Tablet and Android™*-based mobile phones and other devices. As the Group's strategic offshore IT centre, we worked together with Group companies with the aim of reinforcing the Group's operating foundation. Looking ahead, we will step up our efforts to foster human resources and actively seek to expand relations with other software engineers around the world. Having an R&D base in the burgeoning Indian market will most certainly be a major advantage for the Sony Group.