Digital infrastructureSmart CitiesMicrosoft-Mott MacDonald partnership to improve public services

Microsoft-Mott MacDonald partnership to improve public services

The Mott MacDonald - Microsoft partnership is set up to create a cloud-based smart infrastructure platform on Azure for building owners and governments

A new partnership between Microsoft and Mott MacDonald will aim to create better cities for citizens across the world.

Mott MacDonald, the global engineering, management, and development consultancy firm, will use Microsoft technology, including the Azure cloud platform. This arrangement will help infrastructure owners, operators, investors, and local governments invest in public areas. The investment will be environmental-friendly and cost-effective.

Earlier this month, the UK Police Forces were set to start using analytical tools for solving crime analytical tools made accessible via Azure.

Power of the cloud

As part of the partnership, Mott MacDonald will move its cloud-based analytics and digital twin platform – named Moata – to Azure. This will provide the ability to share at the scale of more than one billion data points per day.

The firm will use live data and analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and the power of the cloud. This will, for example, enable rail companies to improve their service, allow authorities to keep the public better informed of environmental issues such as seawater quality, or give utility providers the ability to see risks to power networks before problems occur.

Mott MacDonald said Azure will give its clients the peace of mind that their data is secure. It will also be allowing citizens with the chance of social interaction. The citizens will be able to give their opinions on investments in their neighbourhood.

Oliver Hawes, Mott MacDonald’s Head of Smart Infrastructure, said: “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 asset owners, and improve design, delivery and performance of infrastructure. Cities, government, asset owners, investors and society can all benefit hugely.”

In a recent interview, Oliver explained why the launch of its new digital ventures division is critical for the future of the organisation and why it’s a disruption worth embracing.

Trudy Norris-Grey, Global Managing Director of Local and Regional Government and CityNext at Microsoft, said: “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 expertise, we will create a smart infrastructure platform and ecosystem that can be rapidly adopted by organisations to improve public services.”

Moata has been used to help numerous clients across the world. Auckland City Council, in New Zealand, has used it to better engage with their customers by improving the accuracy of water quality predictions and the associated public health risk from less than 20% to greater than 80%. The city-scale digital twin represents real-time interaction. This interaction is between atmospheric conditions, the urban stormwater, and wastewater networks and the marine environment. Moata helps increase levels of engagement with the public. It also helps to make better-informed decisions and driving improved outcomes for the community.

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