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We caught up with Emma Kay, founder and CEO of WalkSafe, to discuss what we will be hearing from her at MOVE and what the future holds for public safety.  

Mobility innovations are key to changing our cities and the world itself. As the mobility ecosystem develops with the latest technologies, we must ensure that the personal safety of users is at the forefront of this development. 

At MOVE 2022, Emma will be hosting a talk on ‘How mapping can protect the vulnerable’ and will also be appearing on a panel on ‘The mobility innovations that are changing the world’. 

Emma will be talking about how to change the existing infrastructure of cities to challenge the narrative and pave the way for a safer future. 

She has said: “I really want to challenge and disrupt the industry by showing safety is not just something that affects people on a Saturday night. It’s a 24/7 thing. I think businesses have a role to play in ensuring everyone is safe. For us, that is what we will be focusing on in the next 12 months.” 

She continues to say: “I think what needs to be addressed more by businesses is their duty of care towards their users when they are using technologies such as, escooters and charging points. Just thinking about the welfare of the users, are they (chargers) being put in safe locations? Are we thinking about, for example, what time of night they will be using these products? Safety of users’ needs to be always at the forefront”  

MOVE 2022 will see a variety of panel discussions and presentations around the development of smart cities. Don’t miss panels/presentations on the following topics: 

  • Developing an ecosystem to drive equitable & smart cities 
  • Electric charging points and cycle lanes: what is appropriate allocation of road space? 
  • Crowd density management for safer streets and transport networks. 
  • How data policy and digitalisation is reducing inequity 
  • How one city is using the cloud and edge computing to safely store its data 

The future of our cities is more exciting than ever, however, increased innovation comes with greater responsibility to ensure public safety. 

Emma has said that she will be using MOVE to “learn and be inspired by others at the event. We are very excited to be there.”

Watch the full interview with Emma below: