KC Smart City plan wins ‘Oscar of Innovation,’ a gold Edison Award

Kansas City’s Smart City initiative recently won an Edison Award for innovation, providing high-level validation of a technology plan that involved a variety of public and private organizations.

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Sprint, Cisco, Think Big Partners and other organizations won a gold award in the category of connected collaboration from the Edison Awards in New York City. The organization noted that by deploying “the most extensive coordinated suite of connective WiFi technology and analytical platforms in the world” the Smart City effort enhances citizens’ experiences in downtown and improves the delivery of city services.

The Edison Awards recognize innovative projects, products, organizations and leaders around the globe that are creating a positive impact in the world.

“This is very exciting for us because this is considered the Oscars of innovation in terms of what kind of award it is,” said Chris Hernandez, Kansas City’s director of communications. “It’s great that thinkers and innovators from around the country are noticing what’s happening in Kansas City.

Officially launched in May of 2016, the $15.7 million public-private project is transforming Kansas City’s downtown into a living lab of Wi-Fi connectivity on and around the 2.2-mile streetcar line. Via a large Wi-Fi and sensor network, the project provides a variety of information to citizens, companies and public organizations by collecting data on human and traffic behavior in downtown. The project is a collaboration between Kansas City, Sprint, Cisco, Think Big Partners and other private companies.

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