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Software AG, Swinburne Uni collaborate on IoT platform deployment Featured


Germany-based, global enterprise software company Software AG is partnering with Victoria's Swinburne University of Technology to provide its IoT platform to the university for research and education purposes.

Under the partnership Software AG’s Cumulocity IoT platform will be used by Swinburne University’s IoT research customers and projects in Australia mainly around sectors such as agriculture and industrial IoT and manufacturing.

Swinburne will also incorporate Software AG’s full IoT and analytics platform suite as part of its educational IoT and engineering programs.

The collaboration will see Swinburne and Software AG jointly working on new research programs funded by Swinburne‘s research customers and the Federal Government.

According to Dimitrios Georgakopoulos, Director of Swinburne’s Internet of Things Lab, the university sought a technology partner that could support its educational and research programs in its Manufacturing Futures Research Institute and IoT Lab as well as to expand its industry research programs in agricultural IoT and supply chain optimisation.

“We were looking to partner with a software company with an agile and scalable IoT platform that was able to support and integrate directly with our research customers, said Georgakopoulos.

“We looked as several technology providers and Software AG ticked all the boxes for us. The company has a great track record in the industry in addition having an IoT solution that is first class in its field and extremely suited for the industries we’re looking at targeting.”

Tony Drewitt, Head of IoT ANZ, Software AG, said “Software AG is excited to be working with Swinburne University to provide support of our software for both educational and commercial purposes.”

“As IoT technology becomes more pervasive industry-wide, higher education sector providers are increasingly looking to add the study of IoT technology to their engineering course syllabus. Working with Swinburne University gives us an opportunity to work closely with a leading Australian university not only on the creation of course programs but also on commercial research projects.”

Software AG says commercial IoT solutions have driven significant impact in the manufacturing, agriculture, retail, health and defence sectors in Australia and overseas, with the university working closely with its commercial customers by providing assistance to apply for research grants from the federal government’s Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P).

Software AG has been selected as Swinburne University’s IoT software provider for one of the commercial projects already underway.

Drewitt said that with IoT gaining greater adoption among organisations globally and in A/NZ, Software AG is gaining momentum in signing on more industry vertical IoT partners in the region.

“We are continually adding new partners to support our IoT strategy. We recently announced a new global partnership with Tech Mahindra, which we are now active with in Australia,” said Drewitt.

“We have also signed on Nucleus 3 who are experts in IoT and analytics for the energy and utility sectors. Nucleus 3 is also the first certified Software AG TrendMiner solution partner in Australia supporting our self-service analytics products.”

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