Prime Minister praises Smart City Forum initiativeJan 16, 2014
His words were in response to a question from city MP Iain Stewart’s question, in which he emphasised the innovative economy of Milton Keynes.
Milton Keynes is one of only five cities across the UK that makes up the forum which was launched late last year. The aim of the Forum is to help the UK’s metropolitan hubs harness intelligent technology to learn about and manage resources such as energy, water, street lighting, and transport capacity in cities.
The MK:SMART initiative is led by a consortium headed by the Open University.
In the House, Mr Stewart – MP for Milton Keynes South – asked: “Investing in research and innovation is essential for our economic future. Does the Prime Minister agree that the Open University’s new Smart City research project to improve infrastructure is just one example of how Milton Keynes is leading the way in securing our long-term economic plan?”
Mr Cameron said: “I congratulate Milton Keynes for their representation on the Smart City Forum and for what the Open University is doing.
“I visited the Open University at Milton Keynes and it is an impressive organisation and is also leading a very important export drive in terms of our universities. So I congratulate Milton Keynes for their representation on the Smart Cities Forum and for what the Open University is doing.
“I think there are many opportunities for Milton Keynes not least provided by HS2 as well, and I look forward to discussing them with him in the future.”
The Prime Minister’s endorsement was welcomed by staff at the OU. Professor Tim Blackman, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research, Scholarship and Quality, said: “It is great to see this contribution recognised by the Prime Minister and others, along with an acknowledgement of the OU being at the forefront of innovation in the UK.
“The OU has been proud to call Milton Keynes its home since the university was founded over 40 years ago. This is why we are delighted to be leading the consortium driving the MK:Smart project which will exploit the potential of big data to make Milton Keynes an even better place to live and equip it for future growth."