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Kansas City seeks partner for smart city expansion

Two years ago, Kansas City announced the two-mile-long Smart City Corridor.  Now, the Missouri city is looking to extend its smart city successes under a second phase with an industry partner to help fund various projects.

In the first phase, a $15 million public-private partnership with Cisco built the Smart City Corridor along the route of the Kansas City Streetcar. The corridor features 328 Wi-Fi access points, 178 smart streetlights and 25 self-service kiosks, but all of these services are available only to individuals who work or reside in Kansas City’s downtown area.

The city now is looking for a smart city partner that can manage the development, operations and maintenance of several projects including the Smart City Corridor expansion, smart intersections, data-driven public safety and an integrated data analytics platform. The chosen partner will also work with the city to develop a 10- to 30-year strategic plan for the development and integration of systems.

“We are building a 21st century city for our 21st century residents,” Kansas City CIO Bob Bennett said. “Our Smart City projects will allow corporate partners to field-test emerging technology and concepts in a public service space.”

Responses to the request for proposals are due on July 31. Read the full RFP here.

About the Author

Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for GCN, covering cloud, cybersecurity and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.

Before joining GCN, Friedman was a reporter for Gambling Compliance, where she covered state issues related to casinos, lotteries and fantasy sports. She has also written for Communications Daily and Washington Internet Daily on state telecom and cloud computing. Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

Friedman can be contacted at sfriedman@gcn.com or follow her on Twitter @SaraEFriedman.

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