Accenture today opened an innovation hub for mining and energy companies in Perth, Western Australia. 

The centre, located in Exchange Tower in Perth’s CBD, is a space for Accenture to work with its clients, technology providers, start-ups and academia to come up with ideas, prototype concepts and plan how to deploy the full solution.

The consultants say the innovation hub is designed to help mining and energy companies address the challenges and opportunities of digitalisation, including improving sustainability, cybersecurity, health, safety and productivity of workers, and the performance of machines.

Technologies available for clients to test in the hub include cloud computing, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, virtual and augmented reality, quantum computing, blockchain and drones.

The Perth location is the latest Accenture innovation hub in Australia, joining others in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. These locations are also connected to more than 100 Accenture innovation hubs and centres around the globe.

“With this new innovation hub, we are helping raise the innovation profile of Western Australia and Australia overall,” said Ann Burns, who leads Accenture’s Resources sector in Australia and New Zealand. 

“We believe that the Western Australian energy and mining sectors can become world leaders in digitalisation. Crucial to this is a focus on what we refer to as ‘triple zero’: ideas, design and technologies that help achieve zero harm to workers and machines, zero loss across the value chain, and zero waste for sustainability.”

Jean-Marc Ollagnier, group chief executive of Accenture Resources, said, “The energy transition, circular economy, and sustainability provide opportunities to change business models, improve operations, and attract and retain talent. At the innovation hub, we will help clients apply digital technologies to create value across their enterprises.”

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