There’s more to Kansas City than barbecue and baseball, as the metro area digs in even deeper to become a smart city.
In May, the Missouri city heralded the first phase of its plan to become a smart, connected city by creating a 2.2 mile smart district with 20,000 residents in the heart of downtown.
The core area includes a streetcar line, free public Wi-Fi, smart LED streetlights, and 25 digital kiosks as part of an infrastructure overhaul. The first phase will served as a living lab for smart city Internet of Things (IoT) technology.
“We want to take this smart district and prove that it works,” said Bob Bennett, Kansas City’s chief innovation officer. The plan is to prove that it works so well that the other 470,000 residents in the area will “clamor for it.”