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Tech Mahindra joins Milton Keynes smart city effort

Iain Morris
December 9, 2014

India’s Tech Mahindra looks set to participate in an important UK smart city project in Milton Keynes.

The company has teamed up with The Open University (Milton Keynes, UK) and Milton Keynes Council to work closely on researching key smart city areas.

In a statement, Tech Mahindra (Pune, India) said the agreements would make it one of the first Indian IT companies to work on integrated solutions across the connected ecosystem for smart cities in the UK.

The idea is to harness the power of big data to improve the running of key services such as energy and transport, making them more reliable and efficient.

The three organizations are specifically to focus their efforts on the areas of energy, transportation, electric vehicles, the connected ecosystem and the Internet of Things.

They aim to pool their resources to develop bids for private and government-sector opportunities in these areas over the next five years and expect the smart cities industry to be worth around £400 billion ($626 billion) globally by 2020.

In Milton Keynes, they say, the smart cities revolution could increase employment at a rate of 2,600 jobs per year.

The city has already emerged as a pioneer in the smart cities field, having been invited to join a government-led forum along with four other cities around the UK.

“Our unique combination of capabilities in both the communications and enterprise domains positions us well in the digital marketplace,” said CP Gurnani, the managing director and chief executive of Tech Mahindra.

“We are excited to be part of this ambitious vision and eager to transform Milton Keynes to a smart city,” he added. “This partnership brings skills from both academia and the commercial world which will deliver great benefits in furthering research in our increasingly digitized and connected world.”
 
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