A new partnership that aims to create better cities for citizens crosswise the world has been set up by Microsoft and global engineering, management and development practice Mott MacDonald.
The firm will use Microsoft technology, including the Azure cloud platform, to help infrastructure owners, operators, investors and local governments invest in public areas in an environmentally-friendly and cost-efficient way.
By exploitation live information and analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and the power of the cloud, Mott MacDonald can help rail companies improve their service, keep the public better abreast of environmental issues so much as sea water quality, or see risks to power networks before problems occur, for example.
Trudy Norris-Grey, Global Managing Director of Local and Regional Government and CityNext at Microsoft, aforesaid: “This is the first time Microsoft has partnered with a company like Mott MacDonald, which is not only leading the way in developing smart infrastructure but is actually implementing that technology to improve people’s lives through better decision-making today.
“Both companies understand how technology can create solutions to current and future problems. By combining our expertness, we will create a smart infrastructure platform and system that can be quickly adopted by organisations to improve public employment and sustainability.”
As part of the partnership, Mott MacDonald will move its cloud-based analytics and digital twin platform – named Moata – to Azure. The platform, which leverages the power of Azure, offers benefits to the company and the ability to share at scale (more than one billion information points per day).
Moata has been used to help many clients. Auckland City Council, in New Zealand, has used it to better engage with their customers by up the accuracy of water quality predictions and the associated public health risk from less than 20% to lesser than 80%. The city-scale digital twin represents the time period interaction between atmospherical conditions, the urban stormwater and effluent networks and the marine environment. By combining engineering principles with modern AI, Moata helps Auckland’s council increase levels of engagement with the public and make better abreast decisions, driving improved outcomes for the community.
Mott MacDonald, which employs 16,000 people crosswise 150 countries, aforesaid Azure will give its clients the peace of mind that their information is secure, piece besides offering the chance of social interaction to allow citizens to give their opinions on investments in their neighbourhood.
Oliver Hawes, Mott MacDonald’s Head of Smart Infrastructure, aforesaid: “It is vital that smart infrastructure delivers social, economic and environmental benefits for society, as well as investment return for businesses. Microsoft and Mott MacDonald believe that smart solutions have a positive impact on cities and plus owners, and improve design, delivery and performance of infrastructure. Cities, government, plus owners, investors and society can all benefit hugely.”