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HyperCat launches smart city accelerator in UK


IoT consortium HyperCat has opened a new accelerator programme in London to encourage the development of smart city technologies in the UK.

#HyperCatCity (#HCC), which has been opened at the Future Cities Catapult Urban Innovation Centre (UIC) in London, aims to stimulate the establishment of smart city solutions for what it described as “the UK’s largest regeneration project”.

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The programme is backed by London’s Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), a project that aims to foster regeneration in the UK capital following the construction of the new High Speed 2 and Crossrail Station in the city centre.

The #HyperCatCity accelerator will offer solutions relating to smart infrastructure, smart energy, e-health and public services amongst others, as well as encourage views on the financing, governance and procurement of smart city technologies.

BT, Cisco, Flexeye and Innovate UK have also thrown their weight behind the programme, which will additionally work toward developing solutions to address smart city challenges “across the UK and internationally.”

Justin Anderson, CEO of Flexeye and a founding member of #HCC, said: “The #HyperCatCity Accelerator is bringing together great thinkers and big businesses to shape the smart strategy for the UK’s biggest urban regeneration project. 

“The accelerator also provides a fantastic venue – perfectly located in the Future Cities Catapult centre – for the companies involved to showcase their services and collaborate to deliver value for a wide range of cities.”

Meanwhile, NEC, Sigfox and Arqiva continue their own smart city projects in the United Kingdom.