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Toronto selected as site for $100M Cisco global innovation centre


Cisco announced that Toronto has been selected as the location for one of its four global Internet of Everything Innovation (IoE) Centres, representing a planned investment of up to $100-million over 10-years.

The decision builds on Cisco’s recent investments in Canada including:

* Up to $4 billion over 10 years to expand Cisco’s footprint in Ontario and create up to 1,700 new jobs;

* Multimillion dollar investment to establish research chairs, professorships and innovation centres at 10 universities across Canada; and

* Signing on as a Premier Partner in the 2015 Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games.

Toronto will join Songdo, South Korea; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Germany as one of four centres announced worldwide. The decision to locate in Canada’s largest city reflects Cisco Canada’s demonstrated thought leadership and expertise in working with municipalities, and the Canadian construction and real estate industries.

Focusing on technologies and market opportunities surrounding the Internet of Everything, the Innovation Centre will help start-ups, established companies, and entire industries explore what is possible with Cisco technologies and Smart+Connected™ solutions, while fostering Canadian-based innovation.

This North American hub for thought leadership and experimentation will bring together start-ups, technology and services partners, academia and customers to rethink and transform the status quo, while continuing Cisco’s tradition of making IT relevant to decision makers and business leaders.

The Toronto IoE Innovation Centre, which represents a $100 million investment in design and infrastructure, technology, staffing and operational costs over the next 10 years, will occupy approximately 15,000 square feet of space in the Oxford Properties’ new RBC WaterPark Place, scheduled for completion in spring 2015. RBC WaterPark Place, positioned to be North America’s smartest office tower, will also be home to Cisco’s new Canadian headquarters. The building will be the first commercial office tower in North America to take advantage of a fully integrated IP-based building and energy network.

“The Internet of Everything is a $19 trillion global opportunity over the next decade – including almost $500 billion available to Canadian private and public-sector organizations,” says Rob Lloyd, president, development and sales, Cisco. “Cisco Innovation Centres help to accelerate and catalyze IoE opportunities for our customers by developing expertise and partnerships in key verticals.”

The Innovation Centre will help companies and government agencies capitalize on the opportunities presented by the Internet of Everything – an opportunity estimated to be worth $19 trillion over the next decade (2013–2022), and including approximately $500 billion in Canada.


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