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Adelaide City Council, South Australian State Government and Cisco to Establish Australia’s First IoT Innovation Hub

Yesterday, together with Australia’s Adelaide City Council and the South Australian State Government, Cisco announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the first Australian Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Hub.

The announcement was fittingly made over Cisco TelePresence with the Minister for Science and Information Economy Gail Gago and Lord Mayor of the Adelaide City Council Stephen Yarwood participating from Adelaide, Ken Boal, VP of Cisco ANZ joining from Melbourne and Cisco’s President of Smart+Connected Communities and Deputy Chief Globalisation Officer Dr. Anil Menon joining from Bangalore.




Photo: Minister of Science and Information Economy Gail Gago

This exciting initiative is part of the Cisco Smart+Connected Communities concept that places Internet-connected technology at the heart of economic development and better quality of life in modern cities.


Industry Recognition for Success in Australia

It was an action packed week on the awards front last week with both the Australian Reseller News ARN ICT Industry awardsand the Australian HR awards, by Human Capital Magazine.

The ARN awards were held on Wednesday the 3rd of September and Cisco was shortlisted in four categories:

  • Hardware Vendor of the Year
  • Personal Innovation: David Chan, Technical Account Manager, for Customer Service.
  • Personal Innovation: Nigel Youlden, Partner Development Manager, for Sales Excellence.
  • Community Award: Rob Partington, Partner Account Manager, for Channel Champion

Cisco is excited and humbled to be named the 2014 ARN ICT Industry Awards Hardware Vendor of the year! The award is testament to Cisco’s continued investment in the channel. However, we would not have been victorious if not for the unwavering support of our partners. We are doing great things together and we are looking forward to continuing this starting off with our pledge to work with our partners to build the world’s biggest Intercloud.

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Hardware Vendor of the Year: Cisco

In the photo: Nick Verykios (DC), Jason Brouwers (Cisco), Allan Swann (ARN). Credit: ARN


Tackling “Problems Worth Solving” in Western Sydney

At Cisco, innovation is at the core of our very business, which is why we are passionate about projects such as the Cisco Internet of Things Innovation Grand Challenge.

Last week, we teamed with PwC, the New South Wales Government and the University of Western Sydney to help entrepreneurs and innovators tackle “problems worth solving” in Greater Western Sydney, Australia.


Delany College becomes the first Telstra ‘Connected Classroom’

Yesterday Delany College, located in Granville in Sydney’s western suburbs, announced it has become the first Australian school to become a Telstra ‘Connected Classroom’.

Dubbed the “Delany Connective”, students in years seven and eight at the school will now be working with video conference, wireless mobile devices, interactive desks and cloud-based software applications. Telstra in conjunction with Cisco and the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta are creating a contemporary learning environment with technology-optimised furniture in order to facilitate small group collaboration.

In order to prepare students to become active and productive citizens in today’s globalised world, learning is no longer confined to the four walls of a classroom.  Delany College’s rollout of Cisco collaboration solutions, such as TelePresence and Show and Share, will also help enable students to interact and engage with peer schools and outside experts from across the globe to better understand differences in views, perceptions and potentially solutions.

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Australian finalist in Cisco Internet of Things Innovation Challenge opens up about drones and flying robots

The Cisco Internet of Things Innovation Challenge is uncovering the next big innovators in technology, and out of more than 800 global entries one Australian company has caught the judges’ eye.

Francis Vierboom and Rory San Miguel made it into the top 19 of the Cisco Internet of Things Innovation Challenge with their company Propeller Aerobotics.

Propeller is an Australian drone business that is opening up the possibility for drones to be incorporated into existing business systems and software, so they can be used as a tool for data collection, and perform automated tasks.

We sat down with Francis Vierboom, co-founder and Director of Propeller Aerobotics, to talk about Propeller’s submission for the Internet of Things Innovation Challenge, and technological innovation in Australia.

Francis Vierboom

Francis Vierboom


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Living like the Jetsons in the Age of the Internet of Everything

“The Internet of Everything is allowing our world to become more like the Jetsons,” This pithy and tongue-in-cheek quote from Francis Vierboom, Co-Founder of Propeller Aerobotics, and a semi-finalist in the Cisco Internet of Everything Grand Challenge illustrates the magnitude of the Internet of Everything. The Internet of Everything was the topic of discussion during an international Telepresence roundtable panel discussion held across seven cities in three countries (Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand) this week.

Each of the panellists at the virtual conference are all pushing the boundaries of what a highly connected world will look like, and each shared their unique points of view on an Internet of Everything powered world. The full panel included:

  • In Canberra – Roger Rooney, Senior Manager at Digital Canberra – responsible for leading Canberra’s drive towards becoming a leading digital city
  • In Perth – Greg Bader, Chief Business Officer at iiNet – works with cities in Australia like Adelaide and Canberra to roll-out free Wi-Fi, a key enabler of the Internet of Everything
  • In Auckland – Aaron McDonald, CEO of App La Carte – heads up a company that allows businesses to create apps in hours, enabling rapid adoption of Internet of Everything applications
  • And in Sydney – Francis Vierboom, Co-Founder of Propeller Aerobotics and semi-finalist of the Cisco IoE Grand Challenge for his use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

The purpose of the panel, which was moderated by Ken Boal, Vice President, Cisco ANZ, was to update media and analysts in the region on the continued progress of the Internet of Everything, as it evolves from a concept to a reality delivering value across a range of sectors including Government, enterprise, start-ups and entirely new business opportunities not yet realised.


VCE Hosts Woolworths at EMC Forum in Sydney: Building Bridges Between Business and Technology

Last week at EMC Forum in Sydney, VCE Asia Pacific and Japan’s Chief Technology Officer Matt Oostveen hosted a session entitled “Past, Present and Future of Woolworth’s IT infrastructure Strategy” with Matt Chamley, Head of Infrastructure, Woolworths Limited.

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Before inviting Australia’s largest retailer on stage, Oostveen provided his view that in today’s dynamic environment, business is starting to by-pass IT. The top reasons he provided for this were: Velocity, Skills and Rigidity.  Yet, Matt also offered a solution with his observation that “Different infrastructure models can drive different business outcomes”.  Which was a natural segue to Chamley’s presentation on how the Vblock is shaping Woolworth’s cloud adoption strategy.

The 15th largest retailer in the world, Chamley started off by describing Woolworth’s IT strategy as one that prioritises initiatives that can deliver an immediate return to the business (ROI) because of the nature of its highly cost-constrained industry.  Chamley also related the importance of building bridges between IT and the business and how as a result he drives the team with a lens towards how IT can best enable the business to move with greater agility and flexibility to respond more quickly to changing market conditions and support innovation as the business takes advantage of new opportunities.


Australian Security Experts Discuss “Enabling the Business Securely” at Cisco Cyber Security Day

Last week, Cisco was honoured to host a stellar panel of security industry experts that reflected a cross-section of industry, public sector and academia. The panel discussed the role of security and how the nature of what businesses are demanding is changing how Chief Information Security Officers (CISO’s) are managing security.

The panellists were across the board enthusiastic about the many powerful outcomes of a Digital Economy such as increased innovation and productivity. However, they also described an increasing “tension” between business’ desire to embrace new technology yet preserve the company’s reputation and manage its security risk profile.  A considerable part of the discussion focused on how this may be addressed by CISO’s building stronger alignment with the CIO as well as the different lines of business and working together to determine the right prioritisation of the security investment for the business.


The Internet of Everything Opportunity for ANZ Agribusiness

Author: Kevin Bloch, Chief Technology Officer, Cisco ANZ

Author: Kevin Bloch, Chief Technology Officer, Cisco ANZ

Don’t be misled by the almost jingo-ish new expression “The Internet of Everything (IoE)” – it is real, it is serious!

Large global companies such as Cisco, GE, Intel, Qualcomm and Google are investing billions as they recognize the potential to significantly and structurally change modern economies and every sector within them. Research firm IDC predicts that the shift caused by IoE will generate nearly US$9 trillion in annual sales by 2020.

A study by General Electric, which likened the IoE trend to the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries, concluded that the Internet of Things (IoT) over the next 20 years could add as much as US$15 trillion to the global gross domestic product (GDP) – which is roughly the size of today’s U.S. economy.

By Cisco estimates, of the $19 trillion in IoE global profits and cost savings projected over the next decade, $14.4 trillion will be from new private-sector profits, and $4.6 trillion will come from public-sector cost savings and new revenues.

Cisco sees IoE 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.

Cisco sees IoE 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.



Driving Malaysia’s Connected Transportation

The Internet of Everything is no longer a technological aspiration of the future; the possibilities are here and now.

A target under Malaysia’s Government Transformation Programme (GTP) is the improvement of urban public transport systems through added capacity, improved accessibility and enhanced connectivity. The government is on track to achieving a reliable, affordable, convenient and integrated public transport system in the Klang Valley, while  addressing the city’s chronic traffic congestion problem.