Kansas City signs ‘smart city’ deal with Sprint, Cisco

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Kansas City has signed a $15 million “smart city” plan in tandem with Sprint and Cisco Systems to install a Wi-Fi network and tech infrastructure downtown. | Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Kansas City on Thursday signed its “smart city” plan, a $15 million effort in tandem with Sprint Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. to install tech infrastructure downtown, especially along the city’s new streetcar line.

The plan calls for Sprint to install a Wi-Fi network along the 2.2-mile streetcar track, which is expected to begin operating early next year. The streetcar route will also get smart lighting, cameras and sensors, plus interactive digital kiosks that provide information about Kansas City and its attractions.

The city will invest about $3.7 million in public funds, with Sprint chipping in about $7 million and Cisco contributing about $5 million.

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