UK entrepreneurs have shared their smart city innovations with investors in India as part of a connected cities mission, supported by innovation agency Innovate UK.
Delegates from smart technology firms presented their businesses to the UK-India Smart Cities Business Engagement Forum, as well as investors across cities in India.
Services pitched included artificial intelligence (AI) powered analytics, secure Internet of Things (IoT) technology and products allowing Indian women to access public spaces without fear of violence.
India is facing an urbanisation challenge – while global trends show that the country can expect 300M people to move to cities in the next 15 years, only around 30% of the country is currently urbanised.
“The global need for radical solutions to city challenges is becoming ever clearer,” said Innovate UK’s connected cities mission lead Niraj Saraf.
“Over the last few years Innovate UK has made progress in developing UK SME capability in being able to offer, and show value from, the kinds of innovative cross-systems products and services that cities need to flourish in the future.”
The mission was a joint initiative between Innovate UK, the Department for International Trade (DIT), Enterprise Europe Network and Future Cities Catapult. It formed part of a series of UK-India missions organised by DIT to tie in with the India-UK Tech Summit.