The Final CRC interview

Left to right: David Tomlins, Anne Astin, Mick Keogh, Ros Harvey, Mike Briers, Bronwyn Harch, Gavin Smith, Gerard Davis, Garry Gale.

Left to right: David Tomlins, Anne Astin, Mick Keogh, Ros Harvey, Mike Briers, Bronwyn Harch, Gavin Smith, Gerard Davis, Garry Gale.

On 30 November we attended the final interview in Canberra as part of the The Food Agility CRC bid. We pulled together an awesome team representing the broad spectrum of our partners (pictured above) to be interviewed by the Cooperative Research Centres Advisory Committee.  It was a fabulous team effort with everyone performing their role on behalf of all our partners.  

It was fantastic to have finished the whole bid process on such a high note - now we await the final announcement.

A Great Team
The Food Agility CRC is building a great team. Check us out: http://www.foodagility.com/who/
Our stellar researchers are profiled here: http://www.foodagility.com/profiles/

IoTAA Board appointed

L to R: Johanna Plante, Gavin Smith, Stuart Waite, Warren Lemmens, Frank Zeichner. Out of shot: Dr Mike Briers, Prof Bronwyn Harch and Nicole Lockwood

L to R: Johanna Plante, Gavin Smith, Stuart Waite, Warren Lemmens, Frank Zeichner.

Out of shot: Dr Mike Briers, Prof Bronwyn Harch and Nicole Lockwood

The Board of the Internet of Things Alliance Australia, IoTAA, has today been formally appointed.

Operating at the interface of industry, government, research and communities, the Board comprises an impressive group of senior national and international leaders in their fields.

Gavin Smith, the President and Chairman of Robert Bosch Australia, a leading global technology and services company has been appointed as the first Chair of the new Board.

“Our key challenge is to encourage understanding and collaboration across industry, government, research and communities”, Gavin Smith said. “Only by doing this will we accelerate IoT innovation and adoption, and contribute to economic prosperity and social benefit in Australia”.

More on the Board can be found at http://www.iot.org.au/board/

Hypercat Australia launched

L to R: Justin Anderson, Frank Zeichner, Catherine Caruana-McManus, Piers Hogarth-Scott,  Hon Angus Taylor MP, Nick McInnes, Mike Briers, John Stanton, Chris McLaren.

L to R: Justin Anderson, Frank Zeichner, Catherine Caruana-McManus, Piers Hogarth-Scott,  Hon Angus Taylor MP, Nick McInnes, Mike Briers, John Stanton, Chris McLaren.

SYDNEY, Australia: An alliance of Internet of Things (IoT) industry players, corporates and government today launched Hypercat Australia as a technology standard to support the development of Smart Cities.

Hypercat (for hypermedia catalogue) is a UK-developed alliance and standard that enables free communication from any connected IoT sensor or device being used to monitor an environment. Increasingly, IoT is being used by smart cities to help inform decision making and improve city services, from air quality and energy usage to traffic flows and asset utilisation. The Anglo-Australian collaboration aims to establish Hypercat as a global standard.

Hypercat Australia was launched by the Hon Angus Taylor MP, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, and Nick McInnes, British Consul General and Director General for Trade and Investment, at a special roundtable breakfast hosted by KPMG in Sydney.

Register your interest in joining Hypercat Australia here: http://www.hypercat.io/australia.html

About Hypercat

The Hypercat Alliance is a not-for-profit organisation that is driving secure and interoperable Internet of Things (IoT) for industry and cities. Hypercat has two main areas of focus. Firstly, it has created a standard which is making IoT data more discoverable and interoperable. Secondly, Hypercat has brought together a consortium to drive forward interoperable smart city innovation. Hypercat has nearly 1,000 members and growing.

www.hypercat.io |  @hypercatiot  |  Media release |  Ministerial Media Release

Food Agility CRC bid shortlisted

Today the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, announced that the $150 million Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre bid has been shortlisted for funding, see http://bit.ly/2bS7B0e

Mike Briers, CEO of the Food Agility CRC, said 'We are delighted to have been selected. The future of food is digital. The Food Agility CRC will create a focused effort to accelerate the benefits for Australia from harnessing consumer insight, to reducing the cost of compliance with food safety standards, to increasing access to finance through better handling of risk, to creating the knowledge workforce that will drive the future of the industry'.

The vision of the Food Agility CRC is to empower Australia's food industry to grow its comparative advantage through use of digital technology. The bid is led by the Food Agility consortium which brings together the food industry, big technology and service providers, researchers along with state and federal governments. The consortium will now submit a full business case and proposal.

The announcement follows a highly-competitive process for Federal Government support for long-term research efforts.

Congratulations to Dr Mike Briers recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours Roll 2016

OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

We're thrilled that KEi's Co-Founder and CEO, Dr Mike Briers has been recognised in the 2016 Queens Birthday honours roll. He has been made an AO, Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his  distinguished service to the finance and digital technology sectors, particularly in the area of data intensive research and analysis, to higher education, and to Judo.  

Dr Brier's services in the finance and digital technology sectors:

  • Chief Executive Officer, Securities Industry Research Centre of Asia-Pacific, 2001-2015.
  • Director, RoZetta Technology, 2012-2015.
  • Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Knowledge Economy Institute, since 2015.
  • Director, The Yield, since 2015. Acting Director, Sense-T, 2014.
  • Advisory Council Member, Centre for International Finance and Regulation, 2012-2015.
  • Founding Member, Conscious Capitalism Australia, since 2012.
  • Founding Chief Executive Officer, Intersect Australia, 2008-2009.
  • Founding Member, Capital Markets Co-operative Research Centre, 2001.
  • Member, Prime Minister's Knowledge Nation IOC, 2015.

Academic:

  • Industry Professor, University of Technology Sydney, since 2015 and Adjunct Professor, 2008-2012.
  • Associate Professor of Business, University of New South Wales, 1998-2003.
  • Recipient, Prime Minister's Award for University Teaching (Business and Economics), 1998.

Sport:

  • President, Judo Federation of Australia, 2012-2014. President, Judo New South Wales, 2011-2012

IoT Enabling a sustainable food industry

Food Agility consortium seeking technology solutions.

By Peter Gutierrez on May 30 2016 11:30AM

A consortium consisting of food value chain companies, researchers, government and regulatory agencies and technology providers is hoping to use the Internet of Things and other innovative technologies to improve food supply sustainability and profitability.

Dubbed the Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (Food Agility CRC), its mission is to “tackle real food industry problems working with innovative digital technology and talented people to make a difference.”

The group has recognised that digital technology is the key to improving food industry outcomes, and will focus on and create projects based on four key tenets:

  • Helping Australia’s food producers provide the right products, for the right markets at the right time by deploying faster real-time data intelligence and predictive analytics
  • Leveraging Australia’s reputation for high quality and safe food while cutting the cost of red tape and shaping a clean and green Aussie food brand overseas
  • Increasing access to finance by leveraging data to provide better finance access and reduction of environmental risk
  • Building a highly productive and skilled future workforce using decision support systems to scale knowledge across the value chain, building ‘data farming’ capabilities and leveraging advances in technology

Australian agriculture start-up The Yield is a member of this research group, and its founding director Dr Michael Briers is spearheading the Food Agility campaign.

Briers is currently on the hunt for partners to join the group and to also obtain $50 million in CRC government funding to match the investment made by its commercial and research partners.

Briers spoke to IoT Hub about the initiative, and his plans to use the Internet of Things to enact positive change in Australia’s food industry.

“What we’ve been trying to do is find ways to encourage collaboration between the commercial, research and government sectors to advance food and agriculture research,” he said.

Briers has long been an advocate of the “triple helix” of business, research and government collaboration, and as founding CEO of the Knowledge Economy Institute (KEi), he dedicates much of his time promoting the idea and implementing it where possible.

He is also a firm believer in the transformative ability of the IoT for all industries, and for the food industry in particular.

“The thing that people often don’t think about with the Internet of Things is that it promises a systematic way in which you can measure things in the environment, both in terms of what you want to measure and where you will perform the measurement,” he said.

“This is true particularly in a farming context, where the positioning of sensors is really important.”

Briers said the commercial oyster farm solution created by The Yield is indicative of the ability of IoT to provide benefits to businesses, government regulators and researchers through collaboration.

He’s hoping that this collaboration carries across into the Food Agility group, and he believes that such a working relationship in itself constitutes innovation.

“As far as we know, this is the first nationally coordinated plan where technology and service providers are working alongside the agricultural industry,” he said.

“It might sound simple, but there’s a massive, multilateral consortium which includes a number of prominent players from the technology sector and the financial services sector, as well as representatives from a number of agricultural verticals, such as dairy, cotton and fisheries, and a number of universities participating from around the country.”

Briers is looking to leverage Australia’s reputation around the world as a producer of quality food products, and to be more adaptable to the dynamic nature of the export market.

“Australia makes enough food for about 60 million people, so the vision here is to not only increase production but also improve the quality of our food production,” he said.

“We also want to understand what consumer preferences might look like in target export countries and feeding that down the supply chain for farmers at the other end to change the way they breed or produce their goods that can then respond to those changing market preferences.”

Creating a digital food audit trail

Briers has observed that consumers are becoming more educated about the source of their food supply, and are placing increasing demands on the value chain to ensure quality and truth in the source and delivery of food.

“Customer concerns centre around ensuring that the advertised source of food is in fact accurate, and that the circumstances in which that food was created and delivered is also correctly reported,” he said.

He said that IoT could be used to address these concerns through the creation of a 'digital audit trail'.

“The digital audit trail could apply to the supply chain in areas such as use by dates.

“We currently have products stamped with use by dates, but that doesn’t necessarily correspond with how that product has been transported to a retail outlet.”

Briers said that perishables transported in ideal conditions could theoretically extend their use by dates beyond what is labelled on the products. Conversely, those products transported in less than ideal circumstances would shorten their shelf life, and therefore invalidate the labelled date.

“There are sensors now that change colours when they’ve been exposed to a certain temperature for a certain amount of time that could be used to indicate the transport quality of food,” he said.

He said the challenge for the Food Agility consortium will be lifting production, lifting food quality, finding ways to assist farmers to add value and therefore improve their margins, and proving the quality and authenticity of products when they arrive in foreign markets.

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Collaboration can drive Australian IoT: KEi

Encouraging data collection and collaboration.

By Peter Gutierrez on May 9 2016 6:36AM

The Internet of Things has the potential to unlock unparalleled levels of insight and knowledge not previously available, according to the CEO of the Knowledge Economy Institute (KEi), Mike Briers.

But he said that the industry needed to collaborate better, in part because the inherent complexity of IoT solutions means that attempting to fly solo is not an option.

“In the Internet of Things world, you only have to look at the technology stack in terms of whether it’s sensors, the communication network, the data platform, the analytics, the user experience, or security and privacy to realise that it’s very difficult for one organisation to get their head around all of it,” he said.

"What we’re starting to see is firms with expertise in those different areas work out how to effectively collaborate in order to deliver something to the end user.”

Briers said that the essence of IoT is to create a system to measure ‘things’ to support a decision at the end of the data-gathering and analysis process, “effectively rendering things - that are otherwise invisible to us – visible.”

“IoT is a game-changer, and quite distinctive from the broader area of big data,” he said.

The power of IoT-derived data

Briers believes “the value of [IoT] data increases with its circulation”, and his work with the KEi involves finding ways for companies and researchers – who have traditionally been protective of their data – to make it available to others for the benefit of everybody.

Briers described two schools of thought on the notion of IoT data collection and distribution.

Firstly, the idea of “measure it and they will come", which he said is currently being demonstrated through internet connectivity being embedded into new products.

Briers cites Bosch as an example of this approach. It is embedding connectivity capability under the assumption that someone will find a use for it on any given device they manufacture.

Briers’ second IoT data theory centres around “measuring what really matters.”

“This is sometimes missing from Internet of Things conversations, where you can start with a problem and then you can measure the attributes and the environments you need to help solve that problem,” he explained.

As an extension of this, Briers added that the notion of co-creation - where the end users themselves describe the issues they face which then contributes to the development and creation of an IoT solution – enables companies “to focus on end user problems and work their way back.”

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Experts urge Australia to act now on IoT

By Peter Gutierrez on May 9 2016 6:29AM

L-R: Mike Briers, Ros Harvey, Kevin Bloch, Sam Costello (Source: CeBIT Australia)

Australia is poised to become an IoT "hotbed" if it can increase industry collaboration and win innovation support from government, according to an expert panel.

The experts believed Australia was uniquely placed to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the Internet of Things, but had a long way to go to become competitive on a global scale.

Ros Harvey, founder and managing director of Tasmanian agtech start-up The Yield and co-founder of the Knowledge Economy Institute (KEi), believes commercial-grade IoT solutions in Australia are still few and far between.

She believed many players were still prototyping systems, which did not always lend themselves to business-grade deployment.

She also said that many companies were quick to say, “we’re doing IoT', without understanding what it is, such as mis-classifying device-driven data logging as IoT.

“For me, [the] Internet of Things means you’ve got compute at the edge, you’ve got IPv6 pushing out to the sensor; you’re really instrumenting so you can view smart analytics and leverage data,” she said.

Mike Briers, CEO of the KEi and IoT professor at the University of Technology Sydney, believed Australia was missing a “deep understanding of the whole of IoT as a system, as a technology stack.”

"We’re still yet to see good examples of fully integrated services that reliably provide decision support information to end users," Briers said.

The role of government and multi-national corporations

Briers believed IoT advocates needed to explain to government the importance of IoT to the economy.

“There’s a need for unparalleled collaboration and that’s a strong role for government to fill that space, to motivate new standards, and so on,” he said.

All of the panellists lauded the government’s efforts in encouraging local innovation through the release of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Sam Costello – who is spearheading a smart campus initiative at UNSW – added that while IoT could conceivably stand on its own within the Agenda, “we have to acknowledge that it is threaded throughout all of the initiatives in the agenda".

If the government did not step in, parts of the private sector were interested where solutions appeared to be technically viable.

Cisco's A/NZ CTO Kevin Bloch said multinational corporations could afford smaller IoT companies and start-ups global distribution opportunities that government funding can fail to generate.

“The government has probably done enough [to encourage innovation]," Bloch said.

"The ball is in our court now.

"It’s up to industry, academia, research, and more businesses to make it happen, and to make it happen quickly.”

Bloch believed that for every dollar spent on IoT research and development, $10 should be spent on product creation, and a further $100 on taking the product to market.

Australia should “play to its strengths”

The panellists agreed certain industries in Australia could become hotbeds for exportable IoT products and services, primarily due to existing world-leading positions in those spaces.

Mining, agriculture and food, and freight and logistics industries were raised as existing strengths.

However, Harvey highlighted the R&D sector as also being an area of opportunity.

“One of the things that [the KEi] has been working really hard on is how we can use IoT to increase the effectiveness of our R&D spend, where we know we’re at the top of the league table in terms of expenditure, but at the bottom when it comes to [industry] impact,” she said.

“There’s a lot of opportunity, and it's one of the things we’re looking at in the KEi, and that is how you can change the relationships between industry and researchers to get faster impact [to industry], and also more efficient research.”

Costello said that smart cities and smart campuses should also be “high on the agenda”. She likened smart campuses to smaller versions of smart cities.

“A lot of the conversation that happens [around smart cities] is that yes, we can do the waste and transport, and those are easy wins, but where is the big value statement for connecting up a smart city? There are environmental impacts and things like that which should also be addressed," she said.

Addressing the IoT skills shortage

The Internet of Things has brought about an increase in the importance of certain skills and proficiencies, and the panellists shared their views on what skills are required and how Australia can encourage the organic development of these skill sets.

“At the university level, what’s become apparent is that it’s the data visualisation and the data analysis skills that are really lacking,” Costello said.

“Researchers are excellent at examining a particular problem and generating masses of data, but don’t necessarily have the skills to deal with that data in a way that gives them value.

“Critical thinking and creatively, however, is unquestionably the most important thing, so any technology becomes part of the way that we just ‘do things’, but it’s the ability to think creatively and to do something meaningful with it that’s most important.”

Briers sees the scope of the Internet of Things cutting across multiple disciplines, from hardware, networking, software, user experience and others, as justification for multi-skilled talent.

“I see the need for more ‘generalists’. We’ve got some specialists, but I’m seeing in the university sector [for example] just how hard it is to get somebody from one specialisation to talk to another person in the same language,” he said.

“The people that are thriving are the ones that are cutting across those groups very quickly, and as a parent, it shouldn’t start at universities either – this is a K-12 problem, and how we teach our kids and help them learn in a rapidly-changing content and knowledge environment is important.”

Bloch sought a more robust science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum.

“If you want to do medicine, neurology, psychology, or any career in the future, you’re going to need to understand technology and you’re going to need to understand how best to use data,” he said.

“If you don’t have a basic understanding of STEM, I think your career is going to suffer. 75 percent of existing jobs will disappear in 20 years, and most of the new ones are going to be littered with STEM-based capability.”

Harvey agreed that technology skills are important, and added that communication and collaboration skills are also key.

“To do IoT in particular, you’re looking at end-to-end [solutions], so you’re looking at sensors, platforms, data analytics, user interfaces, integrating that with domain expertise and interacting with users,” she noted.

“[IoT] is actually an incredibly complex thing to make work in the real world, and when you bring different teams of people together [with different skill sets], communication becomes really important.”  http://www.iothub.com.au/news/experts-urge-australia-to-act-now-on-iot-419127

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UTS to host KEi National Centre with $2 million investment

The Hon. Victor Dominello, NSW  Minister for Innovation  and Better Regulation announced Friday that the University of Technology Sydney will host the national centre for the Knowledge Economy Institute (KEi).

UTS has appointed Dr Mike Briers as its first industry professor and the first Australian Professor of the Internet of Things. Mike will continue to lead the KEi.  UTS said that Mike brings vast experience and insight gained at SIRCA, itself a collaboration of more than 35 universities, mainly in Australia and New Zealand, developing global data and advanced tools for big data research and innovation.

UTS announced that it will invest $2 million in the KEi and thanked Sirca for its leadership in establishing the KEi.

UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs said the digital revolution is making it possible to know things that were previously hidden and see patterns, connections and interdependencies that make complex problem solving easier and better decision making possible.

"The UTS Knowledge Economy Institute will explore how the transformative power of digital technology can be harnessed to solve the biggest challenges facing Australia and the world today,"  Vice Chancellor Professor Brungs said.

"To compete globally, with much bigger contenders, and to protect and grow our economy as the resources boom declines, Australia must fight to be a leading knowledge economy, be an agile innovator and have the courage to take risks.

"This is why UTS has invested $2million in establishing the Institute and appointed Mike Briers with his invaluable academic expertise and industry knowledge and connections to be its leader.

"Cross collaboration – across disciplines, across industries and in partnership with varied communities will be key to future breakthroughs in innovation. This will be the context from which the Knowledge Economy Institute will operate – for the benefit of society."

 

How the KEi and the Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre work together

Last week, we officially launched the Knowledge Econonomy Institute (KEi) at the AIIA IoT Summit in Canberra. Only the week before, KEi founders Sirca and Cisco also announced the launch of Cisco's Internet of Everything Innovation Centre (CIIC), together with Curtin University who will host the Perth lab.

So how do these two initiatives relate to each other?

The KEi, led by Sirca CEO Dr Michael Briers, includes Cisco, Bosch, RoZetta, Curtin University (Curtin) and the University of Tasmania (UTas). The CIIC is an integral part of the KEi, and the CIIC Sydney lab will be based at Sirca.

Cisco's Kevin Bloch (CTO) explains:

"Simply stated, CIIC will focus on the infrastructure from sensor to cloud (the data centre and compute engines) while the KEi will focus on what you do with the data -- the analytics. This interoperation is critical for the success of the Internet of Everything (IoE). This sharply aligns with Cisco's strengths and the announcements, common partners, goals, messaging are no coincidence – this has been in planning since early last year."

The KEi connects thought leaders from Australia and around the world who are leading the development of the IoT and the amazing data science opportunities it brings. All of the KEi partners share the vision of growing and accelerating the "Internet of Everything" and bringing those benefits to Australian companies, communities and citizens.

 

KEi Launch News Roundup

The launch of the KEi at the AIIA Internet of Things Summit in Canberra has been reported around Australia:

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KEi Launches at AIIA Internet of Things Summit in Canberra

“Instead of mining minerals we’ll be mining data – and the rewards are 
potentially just as great.” (KEi Founding CEO Dr Mike Briers)

Leading Australian data innovators and universities have joined with international giants Bosch and Cisco to put Australia at the forefront of the rapidly growing global digital economy.

Led by Sydney-based data analytics provider Sirca, they've created the new Knowledge Economy Institute (KEi) to help business, government and researchers solve complex problems, increase competitiveness and create jobs. 

The KEi was launched today at an Australian Information Industry Association conference in Canberra by Paul Fletcher, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull.

“The KEi will help harness the transformative power of data and digital technology to allow people to make better decisions based on cutting-edge research and real-time information”, Paul Fletcher said.

KEi's Founding CEO, Dr Michael Briers

Founding CEO Dr Mike Briers said that with the end of the mining boom, it’s vital Australia moves quickly to catch the next wave of data-driven innovation that will drive the future economy.

“Instead of mining minerals, we’ll be mining data – and the rewards are potentially just as great as during the mining boom,” Dr Briers said. 

“The possibilities are endless. Across Australia data research is already:

  • finding better ways to treat cancer;
  • regulating financial markets;
  • improving efficiency in freight and logistics; and
  • boosting both productivity and sustainability in agriculture.

By 2020 there will be 25 billion ‘things’ connected to the Internet – from cars and mobiles to fridges and tractors - generating unprecedented amounts of data and allowing us to see patterns and relationship that were previously invisible.

“Using that data to solve problems and create new jobs will be the one of the foundations of the global economy. Cisco estimates that this is a $19 trillion dollar global opportunity with Australia set to capture $74 billion of that value.

“Within five years, the KEi aims to be a $60 million organisation that’s helped to create 100 new commercial applications and start-ups while working with business and universities on data research to boost productivity across Australia.

“By bringing together Australia’s leading universities, researchers and businesses, the KEi will help to ensure that Australia’s next economic boom is based on data, knowledge and innovation as part of the worldwide digital economy,” Dr Briers said.

The founding Chairperson of the KEi is world-renowned digital economy expert Chris Vein. Chris is the former Chief Innovation Officer for the World Bank and deputy Chief Technology Officer in the Obama White House.

“I am delighted to be the founding chair of the KEi. Australia is well-placed through this initiative to be a global leader in digital technology and transformation. Through the KEi Australia has a ground breaking opportunity to  address some of the biggest challenges facing the world today such as feeding the next billion people on the planet and sustainable development ‘ said Chris Vein.

In reinforcing the importance of the KEi at the Australian Information Industry Association’s (AIIA) Navigating the Internet of Things Summit, CEO Suzanne Campbell congratulated Sirca on their visionary initiative. 

“The Internet of Things is not a fad.  The data this technology capability will generate is the basis for significant social and economic benefit and Australia needs to prepare now to ensure we ride this next wave if we are to be competitive in the global digital economy”,  Ms Campbell said.  

The KEi’s founding partners are:

Kevin Bloch, CTO, Cisco said: “Building from our launch of the Cisco IoE Innovation Centre last week at Cisco Live, the KEi initiative will bring into the collaboration the broader Australian research community as well as other commercial and government partners.”

Gavin Smith, President of Robert Bosch Australia said: “The KEi is set to be the next big thing to power Australia's knowledge economy. Bosch is very excited about the prospects for this unique collaboration which builds on Australia's economic and research strengths”.

Founding Partners

Bosch is a leading innovator in the fields of Mobility Solutions, Consumer Goods, Industrial Technology, Energy & Building Technology and is enabling a “connected life” through its IoT software and solutions. 

CISCO is an international leader in networking for the Internet and a pioneer in the development of the Internet of Things, and specialises in designing, manufacturing and selling networking equipment. Cisco recently announced its Internet of Everything Innovation Centre in partnership with Sirca.

Sirca was establish in 1997, and is owned by Australia and New Zealand's 40 university members. Through its successful commercial arm Rozetta Technology - collects and analyses over two million financial transactions a second from every stock exchange in the world. It sells data services to over 600 global financial clients in partnership with Thompson Reuters. Regulators around the world also use Sirca’s service to detect insider trading and protect the integrity of financial markets. Sirca's data bases fuel world-leading research and been used as the primary data source in over 1,300 scholarly publications.

Founding Research Partners

Curtin University has a strong focus on international collaboration and are experts in mineral & gas resources research and astronomy. Curtain is a foundation partner in the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope initiative.

University of Tasmania - Australia's fourth oldest university is a world leader in Antarctic, climate, marine and agricultural research, and home to the innovative Sense-T program. Sense-T is helping to build an economy-wide sensor network and data resource, creating a digital view of Tasmania and giving business, governments and communities the tools to make better decisions and solve practical problems.


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Cisco and Sirca Announce the Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre

Chuck Robbins announcing the Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre at Cisco Live in Melbourne.

Chuck Robbins announcing the Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre at Cisco Live in Melbourne.

Cisco, together with industry partners and Sirca, announced the formation of the Cisco Internet of Everything (IoE) Innovation Centre at the Cisco Live event in Melbourne today (18 March 2015). 

The Centre will bring together Cisco experts, Australian researchers and start-ups, to develop proof of concepts, features and functionalities and rapid prototyping for the IoE. The Centre includes dedicated space to demonstrate IoE in action and open areas where customers, startups, open communities, researchers, entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts are invited to work and brainstorm on new ideas and technologies.

Dr. Michael Briers, CEO Sirca said: “Sirca’s involvement in the Centre is 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.”

"The Centre will also be an opportunity for our 40 member universities and their world class researchers to work with industry partners and start-ups on some of the major challenges that we believe can be addressed through technology and the Internet of Everything." 

The official opening of the Centre is planned for 2015 and will include locations in Sydney at Sirca, and in Perth at Curtin University. 

More details are available at the Cisco Innovation Centre website.