Kansas City reaches deal to create ‘Smart City’ network

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Kansas City has reached an agreement with Overland Park, Kansas-based Sprint Corp. and Cisco Systems to create a $15.7 million set of high-tech “Smart City” services along the 2.2-mile downtown streetcar line under construction.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1HQZ7wA) reports Sprint will spend $7 million to build and own a Wi-Fi network along the streetcar line. Cisco, whose equipment will be used for the network, is investing about $5 million, and Kansas City will provide $3.7 million.

The high-tech system will include smart lighting, cameras and sensors, in addition to 25 interactive digital kiosks along the route to provide information about local events, food and entertainment.

The features are expected to be operational when the streetcar opens to the public early next year.

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