Cisco will open an Internet of everything centre of innovation in Australia this year.
The Internet of everything (IoE) centre will be located in Sydney at Sirca, an organisation owned by 40 universities across Australia and New Zealand, and in Perth at the Curtin University campus.
Cisco senior vice president Asia Pacific and Japan, Irving Tan, described Australia as a sophisticated market with a high level of innovation and an early adopter of new technology.
“Australia is already highly regarded globally for its resources and agriculture sectors and is well placed to serve the rapidly growing Asian markets, and the Australian government has prioritised these sectors accordingly.
“Cisco has been involved in the square kilometre array project for over five years. The aim now with Cisco IoE innovation centre, Australia and its ecosystem of partners is to accelerate innovation and the adoption of the IoE in Australia.”
Cisco said it intends to invest US$15 million over five years into the project, reaffirming its global pledge and commitment to new economic growth through technology innovation around IoE.
The centres are aimed at showcasing IoE innovation and development, bringing together customers, industry partners, start-ups, application developers, accelerators, government organisations and universities.
The new Centre in Australia will be one of eight globally including Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, Songdo, Berlin, Barcelona, Tokyo and London.
Once operational, Cisco, industry partners and ecosystem start-ups, will develop proof of concepts, features and functionalities, and do rapid prototyping.
The Centre will include dedicated space to demonstrate IoE in action and open areas where customers, start-ups, open communities, researchers, entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts are invited to work and brainstorm on new ideas and technologies.
The initial ecosystem partners of the centre currently include Sirca, Curtin University and Woodside Energy.