White House taps KCMO, KCK as key players in smart city initiatives

The White House announced Monday that it’s investing more than $80 million in smart city initiatives, and Kansas City is among the leading players.

Kansas City will be involved in several initiatives, including one that brings together more than 20 cities, along with the Council of Global Chief Information Officers, to ensure the “responsible and equitable deployment of smart technologies.” A goal is to create transparency and develop a “common framework” to aid governments in creating policies and procedures related to the Internet of Things.

The city also will participate in the Better Communities Alliance, which aims to build “cleaner, smarter and more prosperous communities” through smart, energy-efficient urban transportation systems and distributed clean energy sources.

Both Kansas City and Kansas City, Kan., have been selected as lead cities for the Global City Teams Challenge. Other lead cities are Portland, Ore.; Atlanta; Newport News, Va.; Columbus, Ohio; and Bellevue, Wash.

In May, Kansas City launched its smart city initiative, using the 2.2-mile streetcar line and its accompanying kiosks as key components of an effort to glean data to help make smarter policy and operational decisions, in addition to helping develop tools that capitalize on the Internet of Things.

Read more: Kansas City Business Journal

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