Cisco’s Internet of Everything Centre in Western Australia is open for business, or rather, research and development.
The centre was opened by Western Australian Premier, Colin Barnett, and is a partnership between the networking giant turned software and security company, Curtin University and one of the country’s largest energy companies, Woodside.
The two foundation partners used the launch to demonstrate joint embryonic IoE research projects and proofs of concept currently underway.
The WA Premier said the Centre was an influential step towards a collaborative approach to innovation between industry and academia, and would cement Perth’s position as a global technology leader. “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,” Mr. Barnett said.
Woodside’s contribution is focused on research and development of what it calls the Plant of the Future.
The company’s chief executive, Peter Coleman, said the Plant of the Future will link Woodside’s knowledge base with artificial intelligence, data analytics, advanced sensors and 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,” Mr. Coleman said.