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CSIRO Heads Could Still Roll

CSIRO Heads Could Still Roll

The CSIRO says no decision has been made about whether it will keep the commercial capabilities of its Sydney lab credited with inventing Wi-Fi. At a Senate committee hearing in Canberra, CSIRO executives confirmed about 70 staff would go from the Data 61 digital research team, which now includes the Wi-Fi lab.

The technology that allows phones and computers to wirelessly connect to networks was invented in the 1990s at CSIRO’s Marsfield lab in Sydney’s north-west.

Pressed by senators to guarantee that the commercial capabilities from that lab would be kept, deputy chief executive Craig Roy said simply: “No decision has been made.”

He added: “Decisions haven’t been made around redundancies in Data 61 or changes there – they’re being considered by [Data 61 chief] Adrian Turner.”

Roy did say that the CSIRO lab at Marsfield may close but would not comment on which staff or teams would be affected.

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