Smart Cities


Over 30 innovative British companies are in the country this week as part of the three-day India UK Tech Summit here, where they are showcasing high-tech smart city solutions. “The UK is committed to working with India to deliver its ambitious 100 smart cities programme. The UK has already partnered with Amravati, Pune and Indore, and our impressive business delegation shows that UK companies are keen to provide cutting-edge solutions to Indias smart cities,” British High Commissioner to India, Dominic Asquith, said. The India UK TECH Summit 2016, countrys largest knowledge and technology conference and exhibition, is being held in New Delhi from November 7-9.

The UK is country partner at this years Tech Summit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the partnership between the two countries during his visit to the UK in November last year. “This is the first delegation of its kind in India. The business delegation will be showcasing their high tech smart city solutions at the summit. “The delegation will then travel to Pune and Kochi where they will meet representatives from government and industry to explore partnership opportunities,” the High Commission said in a statement here recently. The UKs smart cities offer is vast, from the development of connected vehicles, intelligent transport systems, data analytics and energy systems, it said.

“The UK also benefits from an open and welcoming regulatory environment with strong government commitment to providing support in areas such as autonomous vehicles and city wide emissions reduction,” the statement said. The establishment of a city demonstrator and research and development facilities such as Bristol is Open and Manchesters CityVerve also makes the UK an ideal location for investment, with the Future Cities Catapult supporting the innovation drive both in the UK and globally. “The Tech Summit has brought together leading star speakers, British businesses, and science and technology experts to India to show best of what UK has to offer. “UK companies are showcasing a variety of innovative solutions at the Tech Summit. Exhibits include smart meters, a self-driving vehicle, solar-powered grids and advanced technology mobile devices,” it said.