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Cisco opens ninth innovation centre in Berlin

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Cisco has opened an IoT-centric innovation centre in Berlin to develop proof of concepts, features and prototyping.

The openBerlin building, in the city's Schöneberg district, has more than 10,000 sensors tracking the likes of room temperature, lighting and power consumption.

The centre will house a solution lab, dedicated demonstration space for IoT concepts and open areas for developers to meet entrepreneurs. The openBerlin team is already working with an ecosystem comprising 40 local and international companies.

The vendor said it wants to help develop new kinds of products for enterprises. It said an example is its work with Berlin company Azeti, where they developed a means of monitoring and controlling network infrastructure, such as base stations, over the internet.

The new centre is the ninth Cisco has opened around the world. The vendor said it would spend almost $30 million on the site during the next few years.

[Read more: Cisco to set up smart cities centre in Barcelona]

Oliver Tuszik, Vice-President and General Manager, Cisco Germany, said: “Germany is one of the countries with the greatest potential to benefit from IoT, thanks to its well-trained engineers, sustainable innovation strength, and global market position. At the same time, German industry has a lot at stake when it comes to digitisation, and innovation will be key to capture the opportunity.

"We are not copying Silicon Valley here. Our aim is to merge the strengths of the German economy with a new approach to innovation. openBerlin is a sign of our commitment to Germany and our local partners, both from business and the public sector.”