Kansas City Moving Forward with Smart City Plan
TechCrunch.com recently wrote about Kansas City, Mo., becoming a “smart city” by creating a two-mile smart street corridor. The city has added free public Wi-Fi across 50 blocks, 125 LED streetlights that respond to activity, kiosks where people can learn about transportation options and city services.
Kansas City is building on what the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge helped to propel. The city was one of seven finalists in the department’s challenge that asked mid-sized cities across America to develop ideas for an integrated, first-of-its-kind smart transportation system that would use data, applications and technology to help people and goods move more quickly, cheaply and efficiently.
As a finalist, Kansas City worked closely with the Department, its residents and other finalists to develop detailed plans to put its Smart City visions into action. The finalists each received $100,000 for public outreach, the production of pitch videos, and intensive technical assistance from Federal experts and private partners to further concept development.
The other finalist cities were Austin, Denver, Pittsburgh, Portland and San Francisco. To read more about all of them, click here.