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Re: Smart City Project

Post by earthling » Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:26 am

normalthings wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:25 am
earthling wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:04 am
Yeah, I wondered too with new mayor/council. But good to hear that city will still be involved on the solutions side, not the riskier experimental side. There's still momentum in private space despite what KCMO sponsors.

Bob Bennet has started a smart cities consulting firm as well. Based out of KC...
https://www.smartcitiesworld.net/news/n ... tancy-4176
That makes him the second ex-CIO to launch one in KC. Maybe we will see more smart city consulting and tech jobs based out of the area in the future.
What's the other one?

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Re: Smart City Project

Post by DaveKCMO » Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:30 am

earthling wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:26 am
normalthings wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:25 am
earthling wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:04 am
Yeah, I wondered too with new mayor/council. But good to hear that city will still be involved on the solutions side, not the riskier experimental side. There's still momentum in private space despite what KCMO sponsors.

Bob Bennet has started a smart cities consulting firm as well. Based out of KC...
https://www.smartcitiesworld.net/news/n ... tancy-4176
That makes him the second ex-CIO to launch one in KC. Maybe we will see more smart city consulting and tech jobs based out of the area in the future.
What's the other one?
https://cityfi.co/

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Re: Smart City Project

Post by earthling » Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:40 am

If Sprint/TMobile merger happens, one of the upsides could be some pushed out management who want to stay in KC creating more startups/consulting firms. It happened with Sprint/Nextel merger. A handful of new startups came out of that.

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Re: Smart City Project

Post by KCPowercat » Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:10 am

Public works should adopt a smart city initiate of mapping all road reductions and closure and modeling any requested closures to ensure it doesn't negatively impact traffic. This should be an easy one.

Also get some small scale variable signs on key intersections to message for closures or events to take certain routes.

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Re: Smart City Project

Post by Eon Blue » Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:39 pm

The same initiative could be used to measure traffic flow during closures and lane restrictions to evaluate a street for a road diet.

If they put signs north and south of the Sprint Center on Grand to alert you of closures before you get stuck on Truman or 13th, I would be a happy camper.

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Re: Smart City Project

Post by earthling » Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:29 pm

Google's Sidewalk Labs spun off a company called Replica with HQ in KC and an office in San Fran. Acquired $11M in funding mostly from Google co-founder Eric Schmidt. Anyone know where the existing KC office is?

https://www.smartcitiesworld.net/news/n ... -labs-4582
https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/12/sidew ... a-company/
The startup employs 13 people who will be evenly split among the Kansas City headquarters and the San Francisco engineering office, Replica CEO and co-founder Nick Bowden said via email. He said the startup likely will grow to nearly 50 employees by the end of 2020 with an even split among the two offices.

Bowden cited several reasons for choosing Kansas City as its headquarters, including a lower cost of living and his familiarity with the city as an entrepreneur who previously built companies here.
https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/ ... kc-hq.html

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