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BT recognised for pivotal role in Milton Keynes “smart city” programme

(15 June 2015)

BT’s role in the MK:Smart programme – a £16 million collaborative venture to turn Milton Keynes into a “smart city” - recognised at the prestigious TM Forum Live in Nice this month.

BT’s role in the MK:Smart programme – a £16 million collaborative venture to turn Milton Keynes into a “smart city” - was recognised at the prestigious TM Forum Live in Nice this month.

The event, run by the TM Forum, an association for the entertainment and telecoms industries, awarded MK:Smart the accolade of Best New Catalyst for its work in helping transform Milton Keynes into a futuristic city where technology is used to enhance public services and where the driverless car could become a reality.

With 19 catalyst projects vying for the accolade of Best New Catalyst, the competition included Microsoft, AT&T and Verison.

The winning entry, led by BT - the lead technology partner in the MK:Smart project - was entitled “Enabling the Smart City Digital Ecosystem”.

It featured BT’s information hub, developed with the Open University and Milton Keynes Council, which underpins the MK:Smart project and is deployed in the city. It gathers vast amounts of real-time information from all kinds of different sensors in the city. The data is being used to build smarter, innovative new transport and energy applications.

John Wittgreffe, BT ICT chief researcher, said: “We’re delighted to win this award. We were up against a high calibre international field who are behind some world-class initiatives so it is particularly pleasing to have been successful.”

 

Milton Keynes Council is proud to be a partner with BT and the Open University in MK:Smart and is delighted that our work together has been recognised by this prestigious award.”
- Geoff Snelson, director of strategy at Milton Keynes City Council

I would like to congratulate the BT team on winning this prestigious award.  The work that is being carried out in MK:Smart on enabling data-intensive solutions is at the leading edge internationally and this well-deserved award provides even more evidence of its tremendous impact both in UK and overseas."
- Enrico Motta, professor of Knowledge Technologies, The Open University

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