Cisco has launched an internet of everything innovation centre in Western Australia in an effort to ‘ignite innovation, growth and job creation in the knowledge economy’ in the region.
More than $30 million has been committed to the project by the three partners – Cisco and foundation partners Curtain University and liquefied natural gas company Woodside, who used the launch as an opportunity to demonstrate their embryonic IoE research projects and proof of concepts, focused on resources and mining, astronomy and big data.
The Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre (CIIC), at Perth’s Curtain University, will include a state-of-the-art laboratory, a technological collaboration area and a dedicated space to show IoE in action.
The Centre is designed to bring together start-up companies, industry experts, developers, researchers and academics in a collaborative environment to create a ‘connected community’ focused on cloud, analytics, cyber security and IoT network platforms.
Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett says CIIC will help Western Australia become a global collaborator in research and innovation, offering the state a competitive advantage for investment, new businesses and creating jobs.
CISRO has signaled its intent to partner with the centre.
Irving Tan, Cisco Asia Pacific and Japan senior vice president, says globally IoE is already positively disrupting industries, providing the catalyst for investment to open the centre.
He says the intent is to focus on accelerating innovation in Australia’s resources, agriculture and astronomy sectors, and more broadly around big data.
“The new IoE centre will be complete later this year and Cisco experts, industry partners and ecosystem startups will work together to delvelop next generation technology solutions, complete proof of concepts and do rapid prototyping,” Tan says.
A Sydney hub will open later this year. The CIIC is one of eight globally, with others in Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, Songdo, Berlin, Barcelona, Tokyo and London.