Milton Keynes Council and its partners have been using 5G technology to develop new products and services, which support the city to grow sustainably.
The MK5G Create project worked to bring together a consortium to design, plan and install the network, supporting the council’s growth plans and sustainability ambitions. Products and services included are:
- Autonomous vehicles to help people get around the MK Dons stadium and surrounding areas
- Drones to capture never-seen-before camera angles at the stadium
- Robot assistants designed to support hotel guests
John Cove, director of MK Dons, said: “The stadium has been proud to be part of a team MK effort to further the deployment of new technology utilising 5G, whether it is autonomous cars, AI work or robotics, Milton Keynes is living up to its city of firsts reputation.”
Following the success of the trial, the council said it is committed to fully integrating the 5G network into the city along with working in partnership with the new university, MK:U.
It is also planning to run a second accelerator programme, the Milton Keynes Accelerator, delivered by Connected Places Catapult. It will support SMEs with solutions which can improve connectivity and boost urban sustainability in the city.
Brian Matthews, head of transport innovation for Milton Keynes Council, added: “The trial has been a huge success and marks an important step in Milton Keynes’ journey in remaining a leading smart city. This demonstrates that the 5G network has endless capabilities and benefits for everyone connected to the city.
“I’d like to thank all our partners and I look forward to continuing this work to create smarter and greener experiences for everyone that lives, works and visits MK.”