Milton Keynes Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology solution provider to design and build innovative ICT concepts for smart cities, together with other partners in the region.
The Parties wish to enter into discussions regarding a strategic relationship to align and strengthen the approach and methodology to design and build innovative ICT concepts for smart cities, together with other partners in the region. Innovation in the use of technology to address city challenges and meet the needs of citizens is rapidly increasing. Not only computers are connected to the internet but increasingly lights, parking places, waste bins, buildings, energy grids, traffic lights and every other object we can imagine are also being connected.
Milton Keynes was one of the first UK cities to make a strong commitment to develop and promote smart city technology. It is now establishing itself as a primary location to trial and test new city technologies and is successfully attracting investment from IoT companies and other innovators looking to exploit this emerging market.
Gordon Luo, CEO of Huawei UK: "Cities may have different priorities, but the ultimate goal is the same: to improve local quality of life. We are pleased to have signed this MOU with Milton Keynes Council, which will see both parties collaboratively develop smart city solutions that leverage Huawei’s global expertise in smart city deployments."
Milton Keynes Council is a key member of the MK:Smart, a large collaborative initiative, partly funded by HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England) and led by the world famous Open University, which is developing innovative solutions to support economic growth in Milton Keynes.