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IT leader’s guide to the rise of smart cities, volume 2

Originally Published:
Jun 2017

Smart city initiatives continue to build momentum, from Kansas City to Cincinnati to Chula Vista, CA. This follow-up to our first smart city ebook covers the latest developments in smart city technologies, along with a look at how cities are implementing them.

From the ebook:

Big data takes a big leap in Kansas City with smart sensor info on parking and traffic
Finding a parking spot and navigating through rush hour traffic is easier in downtown Kansas City now that the city is providing a real-time visualization of the data collected by various IoT sensors.

The Missouri city now has a site that allows anyone to go online to access a map that shows a range of data from available parking spots and traffic flow, as well as pedestrian hotspots and the location of streetcars on a 2.2-mile stretch in downtown. This data, which is on a platform operated by Xaqt, will soon be migrated to the city’s open data catalog, and the city will use big data to drive decisions to save money through more efficient repairs and maintenance of streets, water lines, and other infrastructure.

“We’ve been testing the quality of the data collected through our Smart City infrastructure,” said Kansas City’s chief innovation officer Bob Bennett. “Now we will put it to work to benefit Kansas City residents.”

It’s no surprise that Kansas City is home to this new smart city tech. City officials have been innovators in the smart city realm, working with Cisco in a $15.7 million public-private partnership to create a miniature city-within-a-city hotbed of smart city tech. The first phase of the smart city project launched in May 2016 with a 2.2 mile smart district in the heart of downtown. The district includes a $1 million streetcar line, free public Wi-Fi, smart LED streetlights, and 25 digital kiosks. It’s serving as a living lab for IoT technology for smart cities. The tech will be expanded to other areas of the city as city officials figure out what works best for each area.

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