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Interview with a graduate entrepreneur – Mohamed Binesmael

Recent graduate, Mohamed Binesmael, shares with us his new start-up and how he took it to Dubai.

My name is Mo, I studied civil engineering at Cardiff University, and I’m from Cardiff.  I’m an avid competitor and love to program, hence I joined Cardiff Racing at the earliest opportunity, and founded Cardiff Racing Driverless, bridging the gap between the engineering and computer science departments.

What do you enjoy most about your degree? 

I loved the opportunity to explore computer science and programming within the degree, from learning MATLAB and C++ to object oriented programming principles.  This experience led to my PhD opportunity of exploring software development for facilitating better communication in construction through Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Tell us about your business idea,  what inspired it?

Our start-up, Route Konnect, is developing sensors to detect and process real-time traffic and pollution information, to improve congestion, reduce emergency response times, and facilitate the autonomous vehicles of the future.  The inspiration came from The Telegraph STEM Awards in 2017 as a result of Atkins’ design challenge.

Where do you see your business in five years’ time?

I wish to see our business solving key problems for cities through the data and insights we are able to glean.  It’s not an easy challenge, but we hope to be in key cities across the UK and have developed a system in that time to maximise efficiency of traffic flow and of emergency vehicle escorting.

How has the Start-up Support Package helped you?

The Start-up Support Package helped us to begin developing our initial prototype as well us support three of our team members to take this development and collaborate with Dubai Police following their interest within Dubai Future Accelerators.  We also had the opportunity, whilst out in Dubai, of being selected to present to Vice President Wang Qishan, of the People’s Republic of China.

Did you take part in any other activities alongside your studies?

Along my studies I took part in Cardiff Racing and subsequently Cardiff Racing Driverless.  I also had the pleasure of attending Languages for All for the past 3 years, learning the German language.  German engineering and discipline is a marvel, and to be able to learn from that is something I look forward toward.

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