The town of Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, England has launched the MK:5G project which is seeking innovative ideas that will exploit the benefits of 5G technology. Working with the Connected Places Catapult, it has announced a call for start-ups and SMEs wishing to develop new use cases and innovations using 5G. 10 applicants will be selected to take part in the program and will receive support and project development assistance from Connected Places Catapult.
The project includes three key innovation challenges:
- mobility data – using real-time data and analytics to increase the sustainability, efficiency and resilience of the transport system and reduce costs, improve traveler satisfaction, and improve air quality;
- health and well-being – increasing the quality of care and/or the number of individuals that can be monitored, supported, diagnosed, or treated outside of medical facilities; and,
- Energy – accelerating mass uptake of low-carbon energy solutions and helping to reach carbon reduction targets; and, capturing more detailed data relating to energy usage to prioritize energy saving measures.
“This provides a unique opportunity to lead innovation in three challenge areas we believe are fundamental to the delivery of truly smart city of the future,” said Peter Marland, leader of the Milton Keynes Council. “Working with the SME and start-up community will tap into the talent and creativity we have in the area, supporting economic growth at a time when it is perhaps required more than ever.”
Applications are open until September 7th, 2020. For more information on the program, visit: cp.catapult.org.uk/opportunities/mk5g-accelerator-programme/