Cisco opens innovation center in Istanbul

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Cisco has said it opened an innovation center in central Istanbul in a bid to develop solutions for the digital era.

In a statement on May 2, the company said the Cisco Istanbul Innovation Center would focus on innovations in country digitization and IoT solutions for logistics, transportation and manufacturing.

“The future of any digital economy hinges on its ability to innovate. Strengthening that ability requires a collaborative effort that encourages fresh perspectives, fosters creativity, and facilitates access to tools and resources that bring it to life,” said Cisco Turkey General Manager Cenk Kıvılcım.

“The opening of the Cisco Innovation Center in Istanbul is a seminal moment for Turkey’s fast-evolving innovation landscape. It offers an open environment to create solutions that address real-world business and operations challenges,” Kıvılcım added.

The center is located in Istanbul Technical University’s (İTÜ) Arı Teknokent, a leading Turkish technology park affiliated with the university. It includes solution demonstration areas, research labs, flexible collaboration spaces, and software and hardware development spaces, where new ideas and concepts can be co-created and tested.

During the opening ceremony, Turkish startups Reengen, Blesh, and Borda Technology demonstrated a series of projects on which they are collaborating in the center. Some of the solutions they showcased include real-time location-based tracking and asset management, proximity marketing applications, business and data analytics, and industrial IoT, according to the company statement.

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