Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre

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The Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre (CIIC) is a newly established industry and research collaboration centre at Curtin University, established by Cisco with foundation partners Curtin University and Woodside Energy. With over 80 researchers and links to advanced facilities and a global industry network, the Centre will bring together start-ups, industry experts, developers and researchers in an open environment to create ground-breaking and innovative solutions that foster growth, provide jobs and help build sustainable economies.

Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre (CIIC) launch
Woodside CEO Peter Coleman, WA Premier the Hon. Colin Barnett, Curtin Vice Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry and Senior Vice President of Cisco Asia Pacific, Mr Irving Tan at the CIIC launch.

Cisco is committed to creating a future of growth and innovation in Australia with the establishment of its eighth global Innovation Centre with a hub at Curtin University in Bentley and another to be launched in Sydney later in 2015. Cisco’s Innovation Centres across the world aim to catalyse and showcase innovation and development, bringing together customers, industry partners, start-ups, application developers, government organisations and universities.

Cisco and foundation partners Curtin University and Woodside Energy have committed approximately $30 million to establish and develop the Perth Centre, and help position Western Australia as a global collaborator in research and innovation. The Centre was launched in July 2015 by the Hon Colin Barnett, Premier of Western Australia and Minister for State Development and Science in the presence of the Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University, Professor Deborah Terry, Mr Peter Coleman, CEO of Woodside Energy and Mr Irving Tan, Senior Vice-President Cisco Asia Pacific & Japan.

Cisco defines the Internet of Everything (IoE) as “bringing together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before, turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals, and countries.” The CIIC’s mission, therefore, is to create a state-of-the-art connected community in Western Australia focused on leveraging cloud, analytics, cyber security and (IoE) network platforms. It will interconnect with the second node in Sydney, to enable work to be undertaken on both west and east coasts.

The Centre provides collaboration and co-working space, a demonstration area and experimental lab facility, and is open to students, researchers, industry operators and technology service providers. It facilitates and showcases state-of-the-art research and technology demonstration projects, and delivers targeted research solutions to industry problems.

The IoE is already disrupting industries and the foundation partners are leveraging their capabilities through the Centre to address their most pressing challenges across disciplines.

Demonstrator projects

  • Woodside Plant of the Future links world-class process plant design with artificial intelligence, data analytics and advanced sensors and control systems to drive the environmentally compliant, safe and cost efficient production of remote resources.
  • The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will require high performance computing capacity to process the equivalent of all of the data previously created on the World Wide Web every hour.
  • Smart Campus addresses urban challenges, increases security, improves energy utilisation and resource efficiency, and lowers operating costs.


Paul Nicholls
Director, Strategic Projects (R&D)
Curtin University

Tom Goerke
Director, Cisco IoE Innovation Centre Western Australia

Prof Andrew Rohl
Director, Curtin Institute for Computation
Curtin University

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