As per the reports, a delegation of various startups in the UK are planning to apply for the new and innovative solutions for the creation of future resilient cities. There are many challenges that still need attention in healthcare, environment, finance, and more. This is what was discussed on 11 Feb 2020. It was on 11th Feb when the United Kingdom launched a new AI a Data challenge fund worth £2 million in Karnataka that will dedicatedly work on seeking the solutions or the modern-day challenges faced in different industries.
Digging in, British Deputy High Commissioner Bengaluru, Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford mentioned that this fund is divided into two parts. Where one part stands to develop clusters of AI and Data Science innovations in Bengaluru while another part of this fund will be dedicated to focusing on the future of mobility along with the transition to electric mobility in Pune.
Along with supporting the research and development of the AI and data science projects, this fund will also encourage the industry as well as academic collaboration to tackle the social, economic, and environmental challenges.
This fund is one of the many initiatives that have been taken by the UK-India tech partnerships.
Dy High Commissioner Bedford stated, “ Some of the innovations could impact life in urban cities. For example, with the Namma Metro’s reach set to triple in the next few years, some of the mobility solutions could help with last-mile connectivity. Or with regard to ease of doing business, technology could help in the land registry or in the licensing regime. With regard to Solid Waste Management, there have been talks with the British High Commission. Carbon Masters, a UK-based company with an office in Bengaluru, is already working on converting organic waste to energy that can be used in kitchens. TRL Software makes smart traffic signals that respond intuitively to the ebb and flow of traffic. They’re marketing their products here.’’
To this, he also added that most of these problems were global and the UK was already working on them. “The UK has set aside £ 4 billion to improve bus transport in the country and by 2035 we want to convert to electric vehicles,” he said Bedford.