Cisco Innovation Centre (CIC)


The Cisco Innovation Centre's (CIC) mandate is to explore the collaborative potential of high-speed fibre optic networks.

The Director is Herbert Enns, Professor of Architecture in the Faculty of Architecture, and

Director of the Experimental Media Research Group at the University of Manitoba. Prof. Enns has been seconded to The University of Winnipeg to lead the development of innovative forms of digital collaboration, scholarship, research, and creative works. 


The University of Winnipeg CISCO Innovation Centre network of immersive Telepresence Labs has become an important University and community asset. The CIC Telepresence infrastructure at the University of Winnipeg includes four rooms that connect researchers and academics with counterparts around the world. Two Telepresence Rooms at the University of Winnipeg can hold 18 and 6 participants respectively, and two additoinal 18-seat rooms are located at the University of Brandon and the University College of the North in the Pas.

Telepresence LabTelepresence is a fully immersive multi-screen high-resolution video and audio environment for national and international conferencing. It allows up to twelve sites around the world to communicate concurrently, and is ideally suited for academic, corporate and governmental conferences and seminars. The technology is based on fibre optic signals, and runs on MRnet, the Manitoba Research Network; CANAIRE, the national fibre optic research network; and the LAMBDA RAIL network linking primary research universities in the United States. 

The Telepresence upgrade now underway will allow for more direct connections to other video conferencing platforms. Full SIP, IRL, and H.323 connections will be possible in early 2014. This major improvement will allow the University of Winnipeg to act as a video service hub for Manitoba educational institutions. The University has increased its Internet bandwidth to handle a sustained 200Mbps traffic flow, and is planning to increase the speed of connection to MRnet from 1 Giga bit per second (Gbps) to 10 Gbps.

The CISCO Telepresence facilities at UWinnipeg have been used more than 400 times, with a record monthly usage of 28 events established in April 2013. The savings in travel expenses to UWinnipeg and local governmental and private sector partners are in the range of $800,000 to $1,000,000 in this first phase of Telepresence operations.

Uses vary from academic seminars and lectures, to corporate and governmental meetings, and have included locations like London, New York, San Francisco, Denver, all major Canadian Cities, and smaller communities like Thompson and Whitehorse.

The UW CIC is also a digital technology research centre, working with numerous partners in areas like converged building networks, digital capacity policy initiatives in Winnipeg, healthy city applications, an urban digital media network, and projects to address the digital divide for under serviced populations.

The CIC is participant in the expansion of digital communication infrastructure and capacity in order for the University, the City of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba to play a lead role in the broadband economy.



Herbert Enns, MAA, M.R.A.I.C.
Director, CISCO Innovation Centre for Collaborative Technologies (CIC)
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Herb EnnsBio


A Professor of Architecture, Herbert Enns works across disciplines on a wide range of research and creative projects. Active in architecture practice, curating exhibitions, producing publications, and lecturing widely, he explores new territories of design innovation in architecture, urban design, product design, interdisciplinary creative practice, and digital technology. Professor Enns is appointed both to the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg, where he is the Director of the CISCO Innovation Centre (CIC) for Collaborative Technologies. The CIC supports the University of Winnipeg's and the Community's networking capacity: managing 4 immersive Telepresence Labs and developing interdisciplinary digital media infrastructure. The CIC is leading a Public/Private/Academic collaboration to advance Winnipeg's capacity as a Smart Connected Community through the UW + CISCO Urban Media Research Lab.