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Cisco to open US$15 million Internet of Everything Innovation Centre

Brian Karlovsky | March 20, 2015
Cisco is set to invest US$15 million in Internet of Everything (IoE) Innovation Centre in Australia.

Curtin University deputy vice-chancellor, research and development, professor Graeme Wright, said the university had been a major player in the development of Australia's capability underpinning the SKA and had built a broad base of computational and data scientists.

"We look forward to hosting the lab on our Perth Bentley Campus and working with our partners to help unlock economic and social benefit," he said.

Sirca chief executive Michael Briers, said Sirca's involvement in the Centre was an important opportunity to work with global leaders such as Cisco, as well as other partners to develop solutions for the knowledge economy.

"We have a proven track record in handling very large data sets and providing data analysis for organizations to enable better visibility and decision support," he said.

Sirca Chief strategy advisoer, Ros Harvey, said IoT could be used to tackle food security in Australia.

"By 2050 we will need to double the amount of food produced to feed the world's growing population whilst at the same time having access to less land, half the amount of fresh water, increasingly expensive fertilizer and unprecedented changes in climate," she said.

"Technology, particularly the IoT, is seen as a potential solution to this urgent challenge. As a member of the Centre, our aim is to combine Australia's strengths in agriculture with technology innovation, to make Australia the epicentre for IoT R and D in agriculture."


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