Joondalup Innovation Hub

In November 2017 Edith Cowan University (ECU) Joondalup was announced as the location of the Western Australian Government’s first Innovation Hub.

Leveraging ECU’s reputation as a world leader in cyber security research the initial focus of the Joondalup Innovation Hub is cyber security. An investment of $800k from the State Government’s New Industries Fund was committed to bring together public, private and research sectors headquartered at the ECU Joondalup Campus.

Speaking at the launch of the New Industries Fund in Joondalup alongside Premier Mark McGowan and Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly, ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman welcomed the Hub.

In September 2017 ECU and the State Government were announced as principal partners in a Government supported $50m Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). In June of that year, ECU also became one of only two designated Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence in Australia, receiving almost $1m in Federal Government funding.

In April 2018 the Federal Government, in cooperation with State Government launched the CRC which will focus on three key areas:

  • Ensuring the security of critical infrastructure by developing innovative approaches, tools and techniques to predict, prevent, detect, and respond to cyber threats
  • Enabling Australian individuals, businesses and industries to access cyber security solutions which build national and international confidence in Australia as a safe and trusted place to do business and access cyber space
  • Building the next generation of industry, government and research cyber security leaders, and increasing maturity, capability and collaboration in the sector.

The CRC now benefits from $140m in funding from 25 industry, government, university and research participants, and includes the $50 million from the Australian Government over seven years and $5.6 million from the McGowan Government over seven years.

In summary, the Joondalup Innovation Hub brings together ECU’s cyber security expertise, the Australian Security Growth Network, AustCyber, and now the Cyber Security CRC.

Business collaboration opportunities

Businesses operating, or with an interest, in the Cyber Security and ICT industry are encouraged to contact the Edith Cowan University Security Research Institute for collaborative opportunities.

Smart monitoring and management, Yellagonga Wetlands

In 2017 the City entered a joint smart environmental monitoring project with the City of Wanneroo regarding the shared natural asset, the Yellagonga Wetlands. The project received grant funding from the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

The project achieved a significant milestone on 17 December 2019 and launched a buoy onto Lake Joondalup. The buoy, fitted with a range of sensors, including libellium sensors, are successfully transmitted data through an IoT platform that populates a live dashboard, which community members are welcome to view.

Currently, as part of the proof of concept trial, data is being transmitted every two hours for a range of measures. This may be adjusted over time after initial analysis of the data has been completed.

An example of the information captured in the dashboard. Please visit the project page to view live results.

Live Dashboard

The objectives of the smart environmental monitoring project include:

Project objective

Project indicators

Improved and smarter data collection

  • Reduce manual data collection
  • Enhance resource efficiency of data collection
  • Improve the accessibility of data and the ability to analyse

Improved and smarter data analysis and decision making

  • Develop/implement new analytical tools and methods
  • Improve data visualisation and reporting
  • Increase the understanding of the Yellagonga Wetlands from an ecological, policy and management perspective
  • Improve evidence-based decision making

Improved community engagement

  • Increase public data/information about the ecology and management of the Yellagonga Wetlands
  • Enhance the reach and use of the data
  • Enhance community understanding, appreciation and visitation of the wetlands.

Smart cities initiatives

As the driver of innovation and economic growth for Perth’s northern corridor, the City of Joondalup is conscious of the role of digital transformation in government services delivering outcomes and services for the community.

The City is a member of the Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA), and has been active in implementing Digital and Smart Cities initiatives.

Enquiries are welcomed by contacting the Office of the CEO by phone on 9400 4018 or email.