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KC’s Smart City effort takes home gold for ‘game-changing’ innovation

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Kansas City’s Smart City initiative earned a prestigious Edison Awards honor, validating the city’s push for innovation. The 30th annual international competition honors winners that offer “game-changing” products or services and excellence and leadership in innovation.
The Smart City initiative took home gold in the Connected Collaboration category, which is awarded to a group of organizations that have worked together to create transformative innovation through collaboration and co-creation. The Edison Awards noted that Kansas City is “deploying the most extensive coordinated suite of connective Wi-Fi technology and analytical platforms in the world to enhance the citizens’ experience and improve delivery of city services.”

The $15 million-plus public-private partnership has resulted in 51 blocks of free public Wi-Fi, interactive digital kiosks, and smart streetlights and sensors that can deliver real-time data, such as available parking and traffic flow. The Cisco data platform is helping the city find ways to better allocate police and trash collection assets and figure out what residents need next, Kansas City’s Chief Innovation Officer, Bob Bennett, said in the awards video.

Kansas City’s Smart City initiative launched in 2016 and is a collaboration among the city, Cisco, Sprint Corp. and Think Big Partners.

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