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New look and new partner for Innovation Central Perth

Media release

A new era in data-driven innovation has begun with the official unveiling of Innovation Central Perth (ICP), an expanded collaborative project bringing together leading business, government and research partners.

Formerly The Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre, the new-look ICP reflects a fresh approach to world-class technology solutions, with the current partnership of global IT leader Cisco, Curtin University and Woodside, today officially welcoming CSIRO’s Data61 to the Perth Centre.

The aim of ICP is to develop a state-of-the-art connected community, focusing on collaborative research projects, inventive business solutions and ongoing knowledge-sharing to make innovation in technology more accessible to all.

Cisco’s Asia-Pacific and Japan Innovation Centre lead, Tom Goerke said the new ICP brand and expanded partnership will ensure an Australia-wide network dedicated to leading the way in unearthing game-changing disruptive technologies.

“It’s an exciting time in digital transformation, with the Centre providing customers the ability to build a reactive and proactive response to digital disruption, and being able to align the Curtin-based Innovation Central Perth with our Sydney-based Innovation Central will enable us to better leverage skills, talent and knowledge on a truly national scale,” Mr Goerke said.

“Welcoming CSIRO’s Data61 to the network is an added bonus. We have already been working closely with them on the east coast and to have them now sign on to join Curtin University and Woodside in the Perth Centre is a huge plus.”

Data61 Business Development Manager, Chris Nelson said the team was pleased to be joining the ICP in WA and will work with partners to reinvent existing industries and create new ones on the west coast through the application of data-driven research and technologies.

“Innovation Central and the partners involved offer the capability to work with a range of sectors to help them adapt to digital disruption. From Data61’s perspective, this isn’t limited to analytics, we also offer world-class research and development in cybersecurity, robotics, computer vision, decision support and a whole raft of capabilities that support organisations to be more efficient and effective,” Mr Nelson said.

Curtin University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Professor Chris Moran said the expanded ICP will continue to be based at Curtin’s Bentley campus allowing staff and students to tap into, and contribute to the network’s ongoing focus of leveraging cloud, analytics, cyber security and Internet of Things technology.

“Curtin University is already a major player in Australia’s technology landscape and we look forward to continuing that role as part of the new-look ICP. With a current focus on agriculture, oil and gas, and smart cities and campus technology this expanded ICP centre continues to be a perfect fit for us,” Professor Moran said.

Woodside Vice President Technology, Sean Salter, said Woodside was passionate about supporting innovation and technology in business.

“We are delighted to be associated with the expanded collaborative project, Innovation Central Perth, as it strives to make innovation in technology more accessible to all,” Mr Salter said.

For more information on Innovation Central Perth visit icentralau.com.au/Perth/