In the US, Kansas City has signed an agreement with network solutions provider, Cisco to develop and deploy a Smart+Connected City framework in a bid to transform public services and enhance the overall citizen experience in urban areas.
Kansas City and Cisco will be working with several other projects partners including Sprint (telecommunications), City Post (media), Black & Veatch (engineering) and Sensity Systems (smart lighting) with the aim of creating a scalable and self-sustaining framework for smart city services.
Sprint will deploy Cisco hardware to construct and manage a smart Wi-Fi network which will serve as the ‘backbone’ of the connectivity platform.
Under the first phase of the project, California-based Cisco Systems, along with the partners to the project, will deploy smart city infrastructure, such as smart lighting and video as sensors, and digital kiosks and collaborate on smart water development.
Services afforded to citizens during the first phase include a “Living Lab” development data portal managed by ThinkBig Partners, and an Enterprise Mobility Services Platform to enhance the resident and visitor experience over a mobile app.
Apart from the implementation of smart city urban services, the framework is envisioned to provide entrepreneurs and start-up companies with a basis to test new technologies and ultimately advance job opportunities.
Kansas Smart City Ecosystem
Through the provision of project partners’ intelligent solutions and services, all critical public infrastructure and services will be integrated into a smart city ecosystem that will allow more collaborators to join the project as it continues to develop.
According to MarketWatch, Cisco’s and Sensity’s combined lighting platform transforms each lighting fixture into a sensory node in a broadband wireless network, creating a Light Sensory Network for municipalities.
Through the solution, city lighting infrastructure is transformed into a distributed sensing platform, able to collect real-time data for smart parking, lighting, retail analytics, and public safety and security.
Smart media solutions provider, CityPost will use a smart city network to broadcast real-time, location-based information and alerts. This gives citizens and visitors access to Kansas City through an easy-to-use mobile application, available for download on the city’s public Wi-Fi home page.
Missouri-based engineering and construction company Black & Veatch, will collaborate with the city to ensure that the water system provides advanced leak detection, predictive maintenance and asset management solutions to decrease costs.
In a media statement, the Kansas City Mayor Sly James said: “The agreement we are entering today will improve the livability, connectivity, efficiency and economic vitality of Kansas City in ways we cannot yet even imagine, and for generations to come.”