Flinders University is now at the heart of networking giant Cisco's global Internet of Everything vision after signing a landmark agreement with the networking giant.

Flinders and Cisco have inked an agreement which lays the foundations for the university to lead Australia in some of the most innovative parts of the internet.

The agreement further enhances Flinders' position as an emerging leader in the provision of digital health services and cyber security expertise. New initiatives will include the establishment of an academy at the University's new Tonsley Park building where Cisco staff will train students to work with the newest technologies and latest developments in the digital space. Students will be able to undertake the training as part of their degree pathways. The agreement, in which Flinders has invested $14m, has already led to the development of a Wi-Fi network at Flinders' Bedford Park campus which Cisco said is one of the fastest in the world. Flinders University vice-chancellor, professor Michael Barber, who signed the agreement with Cisco vice-president, A/NZ, Ken Boal, at Flinders University, Victoria Square, on Wednesday, said the University was excited to be able to offer a range of new opportunities for students, staff and researchers. "Flinders has always prided itself on being one of the most innovative academic institutions in Australia," he said. "Access to Cisco's global network and industry experience will ensure that Flinders remains at the forefront of the technological revolution. "This extends our longstanding relationship and further confirms Flinders' mission to foster strong and effective collaborations with business and the community." Boal said the initiatives set out in the agreement would enable the company to explore how to create new valuable connections between people, process, data and things that has the potential to lead to job creation and enable South Australia to thrive in the Internet of Everything.

"We believe that the partnership initiatives announced today will provide a sustained innovation platform leading to significant benefits," he said. "These include job creation and increased support for disciplines that will be impacted by the Internet of Everything and be extremely important to meeting the future challenges of social and economic issues, such as cyber security, for Flinders University, as well as for the wider South Australian community."

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