Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Former Premier; Minister for Tourism; Science

    New centre builds WA’s data science capability

    2/07/2015 11:00 AM
    • Premier launches WA hub of Cisco's Internet of Everything Innovation Centre, Australia
    • Initial focus on astronomy and resources
    • Developing capability in data intensive science is a key opportunity identified in the Science Statement for WA

    Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett today launched the Western Australian hub of Cisco's Internet of Everything Innovation Centre, Australia, located at Curtin University's Bentley campus.


    The Premier said the new centre was one of the many exciting projects that were adding to Western Australia's emerging capability in data science.


    "This centre will be an incubator for new technologies and new entrepreneurs with solutions in digital transformation, predictive data science and enhanced cognition," he said.


    "Supporting multiple markets, the centre will share solutions between astronomy and radio physics, oil and gas, finance, transport and government."  


    Mr Barnett said currently only two per cent of all things that could be connected were connected.


    "This represents 13 billion devices, and this number is expected to grow to 50 billion by 2020," he said.


    "With all these devices producing information, finding innovative solutions to create meaning from and extracting value from them will be a competitive advantage."


    A focus of the centre will be to create a state-of-the-art 'connected community', bringing teams together in a collaborative space where customers, start-ups, open communities, researchers, entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts can work together and brainstorm new ideas and technologies.


    "WA has a great opportunity to continue building on its emerging capability in data intensive science through our involvement in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project," the Premier said.


    "Another great opportunity for WA lies in our remoteness.  We are a vast State, with major economic activity occurring in some of the most remote areas.  Connectivity, support and service delivery, all critical to the SKA project, are also critical to other WA economic sectors, from resources projects through to the delivery of Government services."


    The Premier complimented Cisco and foundation partners Curtin University and Woodside for their foresight and action in delivering the centre.


    "The centre is a great example of industry and the research community coming together to create genuine partnerships, with the aim of solving real world problems," he said.


    "Collaboration at the State and national level is crucial if we are to remain competitive and to attract the research and development investment necessary to develop a knowledge-based economy that will deliver highly-skilled jobs."


    The centre will also play an important role in engaging WA-based small and medium enterprises with large company problems, including access for their ideas, developments and solutions.


    Fact File

    • Cisco estimates that the potential value at stake to the Australian economy for the Internet of Everything could be more than $74 billion over the next 10 years
    • The centre in Australia is only one of eight Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centres throughout the world.  The Australian centre will connect with other global centres, building value through a cutting-edge research community
    • The centre's foundation partners, Woodside and Curtin University, together with Cisco, will provide foundation level funding and resources to the value of $30 million over the first five years under the first phase of the centre's plan
    • Through the SKA project, WA is home to one of the largest pools of fundamental science that can drive innovation. The State Government has invested significantly in radioastronomy and supercomputing, including:
      • $46 million to the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research over 10 years (2009-19), which has developed into a world-class centre of excellence in astronomical science, engineering and information technologies
      • $54 million in operational funding to the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre (2000-21)

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