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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY


ROBOT FLEET HITS MILESTONE


The first quarter of 2021 saw Starship Technologies celebrate one million autonomous deliveries – the first autonomous delivery company in the world to reach the milestone. Contactless


deliveries have proven to be hugely popular over the last 12 months during the Covid-19 pandemic, with many people choosing them as reliable ways to protect vulnerable populations and enable social distancing. Andrew Curtis, UK operations


“In Milton Keynes we have seen


‘IN MILTON KEYNES WE


HAVE SEEN OUR SERVICE


CONTINUE TO GROW IN


POPULARITY’


our service continue to grow in popularity, with order numbers tripling in the town in the last year. It is exciting to know that with 120 robots, Milton Keynes is home to the world’s largest fleet of autonomous robots!” In March, Starship


expanded its service in Milton Keynes to reach even more neighbourhoods and households across the


town. Andrew added: “The


support we’ve received from local communities across Milton


manager at Starship, said: “We’re very proud to have been able to offer such a crucial service in Milton Keynes and in the other locations around the world where Starship is operating during this time.


Keynes over coming up to three years now continues to be overwhelmingly positive. “We’re looking forward to


continuing to work closely with the Council to roll the service out to even more neighbourhoods in the months ahead.”


Andrew Curtis with the robots


NEW POINT OF SALE DEVICE


Paycard Solutions is offering a new point of sale device to provide a fast, cost effective way to do business. The Clover Flex unit accepts


all major payment types, charges in an hour and lasts all day. It also offers both printed and digital receipts. The five-inch antimicrobial


hi-res touchscreen is perfect for modern use and can be set up in minutes. Paycard Solutions assist businesses in finding the right card payment solutions that best suits their business, while helping to reduce their costs on their card processing fees, through transparent pricing. Their new product works on


WiFi and 4G, and the Clover account lives in the cloud so businesses can track sales and trade from anywhere at any time.


Email: info@paycardsolutions.co.uk


18 inbusiness JUNE/JULY 2021


Students at the SCIoT


INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY HERALDS A BRIGHT NEW DIGITAL FUTURE


A new regional centre for digital training and education has opened in Bletchley. The South Central Institute of Technology (SCIoT) is a collaboration between Milton Keynes College and a consortium of global companies and important local brands like Cranfield University. The SCIoT, which is expected to welcome a thousand


talented students and apprentices a year, was established when the consortium won a grant of £26m from the Government in a national competition and will be based in state-of-the-art facilities. It’s the only place in Milton Keynes offering higher


technical qualifications equivalent to university at levels 4 and 5. The qualifications have substantial input from businesses ensuring the skills taught are the ones local industry desperately needs. Principal Alex Warner said: “This is a whole new


concept in education. The SCIoT is an inclusive centre for technical qualifications, higher apprenticeships and training to plug the growing gap between demand and supply for technical and digital roles, including cyber security. Students will experience our flexible Lifestyle Learning approach, in which they can choose to study in-person or online. “They’ll be taught by amazing people with up-to-


date experience in tech and they’ll work on real world problems supplied by our partners to prepare them for the careers of the future.” Around half of the course content is delivered by


dual professionals, many of whom come from the project partners.


Any businesses in the region with tech training needs can contact iot@mkcollege.ac.uk


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