Kansas City Enters A Deal to Set-up Smart City Technology

By CIOReview | Monday, February 29, 2016

KANSAS, MO: Kansas City announces that it has signed a contract with Cisco and Sprint to integrate a Smart+ Connected City framework. The framework is designed and proposed by Cisco and Sprint will deploy Cisco's technology to construct and operate the Wi-Fi network. Third party vendors, like smart lighting company Sensity Systems and water tech provider Black & Veatch will build out other efficiency and service delivery-focused efforts.

A Smart+Connected City framework builds on the concept of how cities can apply the internet to enhance city livability and people’s lives. Kansas City will have access to free public Wi-Fi connection, network and support from new technologies such as sensors and intelligent data management systems with existing technologies such as smart phones and smart devices.

The city will use data analytics which support ways to monitor and assess physical infrastructure conditions in real time allowing the city to provide more responsive services, identify new sources of revenue and cost savings through more efficient service delivery, ultimately improving the citizen experience.

Smart city technology is the creation an ecosystem of wireless networking and mobile app services to develop applications that include smart lighting, a development data portal, digital kiosks and smart water innovation development.

Smart lighting will reduce power consumption and enable better tracking of total energy used. Kiosks will provide information about local businesses and events and offer new ways to access city services. The sensors may detect increased vehicle traffic headed downtown and Intelligent data management can process the information. The Water Services Department may automatically detect changes in system pressure and flow which will allow to address system failures before they cause catastrophic damage and injuries.

New applications will be developed in the marketplace over time through a Living Lab partnership between Cisco and Think Big Partners. The Living Lab adds to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kansas City. Applications can be built, tested and validated using the city data. This will create an opportunity for entrepreneurs to build high-growth companies, partner with larger companies, and help Kansas City realize financial and social benefits of the Internet of Everything segment while aiming to enhance the city’s quality of life

“It’s exciting to see forward-looking cities like Kansas City driving innovations that enable cities to connect people, process, data and things, and bring the Internet of Everything to life. Kansas City is empowering its citizens, helping them become more efficient and more productive, and the city is poised to create significant new economic value. We’re pleased to be part of the partnership that will deploy a Smart+Connected City framework.” says Wim Elfrink, Chief Globalization Officer and Executive VP Industry Solutions Group, Cisco.

“Sprint looks forward to playing an integral role in this ground-breaking initiative to bring greater connectivity across a wide range of business and consumer applications that support the Internet of Everything in our hometown,” adds Stephen Bye, CTO, Sprint.