Overseas mission: UK firms take ideas to Malaysia and Singapore

Innovate UK

March 21
15:10 2016

Some of the most exciting British businesses developing technologies to improve the way we live and work in cities have been to Malaysia and Singapore on a Mission organised by Innovate UK and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI).

The businesses were able to showcase their technologies ranging from smart street lighting to seamless ticketing, intelligent building management, mapping and security systems and to speak to potential customers, investors and partners in South East Asia.

Eleanor Wright of Aralia Systems
Eleanor Wright of Aralia Systems speaking to a potential investor in Cyberjaya, Malaysia

The 10 companies that took part in the Connected Cities Trade Mission between 14 and 18 March were:

South East Asia a global leader in smart cities

Dr Viraj Perera
Dr Viraj Perera, chief executive of PlaTCOM Ventures, an organisation that supports the commercialisation of innovative ideas in Malaysia, talks about the role of innovation and commercialisation in the development of smart cities.

South East Asia is at the forefront of global work on connected cities and is potentially a huge market for UK firms.

A report by the Future Cities Catapult identified more than 32,000 UK companies providing innovative solutions for the connected cities market.

Multipass UK Ltd discussing its business model during an investor panel discussion
Multipass UK Ltd discussing its business model during an investor panel discussion, British High Commission in Singapore

Niraj Saraf, lead technologist for urban living at Innovate UK, said:

These companies innovations are key to addressing the challenges that large cities face. These challenges include growing populations, increased demand for energy and the integration of technology into citizens everyday lives.

We believe these companies have huge growth potential and could become a vital part of the global connected cities industry in the near future.

Highlights of the mission

Forest City Development in Johor
Delegates of the Connected Cities Mission on a tour of the Forest City Development in Johor, Malaysia

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