Four South Korean start-up companies specialising in sustainable transport have chosen Milton Keynes to trial their products.
Milton Keynes City Council and the Connected Places Catapult have launched a UK Testbed Initiative with the Korean International Trade Association (KITA) that will oversee the work.
It’s part of the City Council’s ambitions to find innovative and sustainable solutions to make it even easier to get around MK, building on its world leading smart city reputation.
The South Korean start-ups visited Milton Keynes last month and were provided with a tour to see some of the smart technology currently in use in the city. They were particularly impressed with the UK’s first standalone 5G network that was used in MK to power up robots, medical devices, driverless cars and energy saving devices.
Businesses selected include:
Deeping Source – a software that protects personal information on videos and images
Nota AI – camera-based traffic monitoring solution with real-time processing
Quisens – artificial intelligence image analysis for green and solar panels
WiPowerOne – a wireless power charging technology for electric vehicles
The programme is being run in partnership with SHIFT, London’s new testbed for innovation based in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Foundry Intl, a Luxembourg-based venture builder, supporting investment to the UK.
Leader of MK Council, Cllr Pete Marland says, “We’re proud to welcome these international businesses to our city to trial their technologies which could revolutionise the way we get around. Milton Keynes is a world-renowned smart city that many other places look up to. This latest trial will help us deliver on our ambitions to make it even easier to get about here in a green and sustainable way.”