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DaveKCMO wrote:Smart City update: Living Lab set to launch, TV show may highlight KC innovation
http://www.startlandnews.com/2017/07/sm ... nnovation/
This will be an interesting test to see if KC really has any clout in Smart City space, that is if the 'living lab' draws outsiders setting up base here or not. Not sure how many would be considered a success/failure but if a dozen in a year or so that would be great. A bunch of local startups would be great too but it will be outsider attraction as a good litmus test to KC's clout in industry as a whole.

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Another article profiles KC's efforts, Digital Trends...
https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/kans ... echnology/

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one of the two staff members in KCMO's office of innovation is leaving this week to be the smart city coordinator for the city of seattle.

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DaveKCMO wrote:one of the two staff members in KCMO's office of innovation is leaving this week to be the smart city coordinator for the city of seattle.
I saw that, bummer. I assume Seattle was a better deal for many reasons....innovation, urban living, etc.

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Smart City conference going on right now in KC...
http://www.govtech.com/fs/Smart-City-Te ... ummit.html

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Three top North American Smart Cities...
http://enterpriseiotinsights.com/201708 ... ag23-tag99

Nothing of new substance other than more recognition for KC as a top player.

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KCs Living Lab has launched. Will be interesting to see if it gets media buzz in smart city circles next few weeks...

http://www.startlandnews.com/2017/08/sm ... ling-city/

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it's like a year late. :roll:

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The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority Board of Commissioners has approved the installation of 66 Smart City kiosks, similar to what you see along the downtown streetcar line.
http://ridekc.org/blog/kcata-board-appr ... ity-kiosks

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Good update on KC's smart city happenings..
https://www.citylab.com/solutions/2017/ ... gy/538563/

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KC hits top 10 in this Smart City index of cities that will benefit from the industry..
https://globenewswire.com/news-release/ ... -Tech.html

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Avis selects KC to test connected cars. Could lead to self-driving cars...
A “connected car” is linked wirelessly to the internet, other vehicles and, in Avis’ case, to a centralized network, which the company said will enable it to automate many processes that are currently performed manually.

Connected cars allow Avis customers to manage their entire rental through an app, including locking and unlocking car doors via smartphone or honking the vehicle’s horn when they cannot locate their car.

In June, Waymo, [Google] Alphabet Inc’s self-driving car unit, signed a multi-year agreement for Avis to manage its growing autonomous vehicle fleet.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-avis ... SKBN1DU0IE


edit: The press release implies Avis has opened a Mobility Lab office in KC...
“Our Mobility Lab in the greater Kansas City area extends our next-generation mobility initiatives,” said Larry De Shon, president and chief executive officer, Avis Budget Group. “The steps we’re taking with connected car and smart technologies will increase customer satisfaction as well as reduce operational costs in the near term, while also preparing us to meet the evolving needs of consumers, entrepreneurs, corporations and governments, like the City of Kansas City, a recognized global leader for its Smart City advancements.”
https://globenewswire.com/news-release/ ... -City.html

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Smart City Pioneers: Where Are They Now?
Smart city projects in Atlanta, Chicago and Kansas City, Mo., were early efforts at the Internet of Things, analytics and other connected tech. Here's what they're up to today.

Kansas City, Mo., was at the forefront of smart city tech in 2015, embracing expanded broadband access, smart streetcars with video sensors capable of finding badly parked cars, traffic lights to keep streets moving, and digital kiosks serving as city guides.

Expansion also continues with the city’s smart streetlight plan, which is set to grow to 7,200 units. Other growth has taken place with public Wi-Fi and traffic cameras, which now collect data from all main thoroughfares connecting highways to city streets. The city is also using sensors to direct water during storms, and, like Atlanta, to predict potholes. Bennett said results have been fantastic for government efficiency, even if the average Kansas City resident is unaware.
It was mentioned a while back that KC would be adding more kiosks as they are profitable. I think some are along new Prospect MAX line. Anywhere else?

http://www.govtech.com/dc/articles/GT-D ... y-Now.html

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City issues RFP, but decides not to select any partners. Good to see them taking a more pragmatic view of what it means to be a Smart City.

https://www.govtech.com/smart-cities/Ka ... ction.html

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KC's international clout in the Smart City space has been raised. Four KC reps (of 14) have been selected as leaders for a global think tank and advisory council on Smart Cities and IoT (Internet of Things), more than other cities. "CompTIA is the world’s largest trade association for the global technology industry"...

https://www.kcchamber.com/current-topic ... hip-shines
https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/ ... -fuhr.html

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"LG Electronics tech expert: Kansas City a smart home for corporate-startup collaboration"
https://www.startlandnews.com/2019/07/l ... kc-photos/

"Bringing the Smart City Vision to Kansas City’s Neglected East Side"
https://www.govtech.com/data/Bringing-t ... -Side.html

AWS case study on KC's smart city analytics...
https://aws.amazon.com/solutions/case-s ... uckgo-d-20

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The current Smart City efforts are on a "strategic pause", although "Smart City 2.0" implementation of interactive kiosks, public Wi-Fi, assisted wayfinding for the visually impaired, and conductive concrete snowmelt system will be complete on Prospect this year.

Expect more focus on solving issues with tech rather than implementing tech and hoping a use case materializes.

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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

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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.

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