Cisco opens new innovation centre in WA

Cisco has officially opened its new Internet of Everything Innovation Centre at Curtin University.

The centre, a joint foundation effort between Curtin University, Cisco, and Woodside, will be used to further develop technology.

The launch was also used to “demonstrate embryonic IoE research projects and proof of concepts already underway,” Curtin Uni said.

Speaking at the opening, WA premier Colin Barnett said the centre is a major step towards a collaborative approach to innovation between industry and academia, and positions Perth as a global technology leader, with the state already hosting the revolutionary Rio Tinto Mine of the Future centre, and BHP’s remote operations centre.

The Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre will assist Western Australia to become a global collaborator in research and innovation, offering us a competitive advantage for investment, new businesses and creating jobs,” Barnett said.

“It’s a fantastic example of leadership by industry, and will have a real economic impact.”

The Centre will include a laboratory, technological collaboration area, and a dedicated space to show IoE in action.

It will bring together start-up companies, industry experts, developers, researchers and academics in an open collaboration environment to create a “connected community” focused on cloud, analytics, cyber security and IoT network platforms.

Senior vice president of Cisco Asia Pacific & Japan, Irving Tan, said the main focus will be on accelerating innovation in Australia’s resources, agriculture, and astronomy sectors.

“Already through our initial Western Australian IoE Centre partners we are seeing exciting innovations including work around the energy ‘Plant of the Future’ with Woodside, and ongoing progress led by Curtin University around the Square Kilometre Array which will be the largest, most capable radio telescope ever constructed,” Tan said.

“The new IoE Centre will be complete later this year, and Cisco experts, industry partners and ecosystem start-ups will work together to develop next generation technology solutions, complete proof of concepts, and do rapid prototyping.”

Woodside CEO Peter Coleman added that this Plant of the Future will link Woodside’s knowledge base with AI, data analytics, and advanced control systems.

“We are taking a collaborative approach to enhancing our operations as part of our digital transformation journey. This partnership will create a globally competitive centre for excellence that could be leveraged in our LNG operations, as we progress our remote operations capabilities,” Coleman said.

The CSIRO has also signalled its intention to join Cisco and the centre foundation partners.

This IoE Innovation Centre will also include a hub in Sydney, opening later this year, and is one of eight globally, with the others located in Brazil, Canada, Germany, China, Spain, Japan, and the UK.


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