FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 7, 2017
Today the City of Kansas City, Mo. published Smart City data and explained how strategic analysis and application of this big data will be used to improve city performance, and to realize the promise of its Smart City infrastructure.
“The Smart City sensors and digital tools are cool, but understanding how to use these tools, and the data that they generate, bridges the gap between cool and smart”, said Kansas City Mayor Sly James while introducing the data.
Nine months ago the City of Kansas City, Mo rolled out its Smart City initiative along with the KC Streetcar. The technology investment, which includes free public WiFi and interactive kiosks, currently makes Kansas City the most connected city in North America. Smart City includes smart sensors that collect big data, in real time, to help the city operate more efficiently.
The public can see a visualization of the data, in real time, on a map that shows available parking, traffic flow and pedestrian hotspots, as well as the location of KC Streetcars. As Smart City infrastructure expands, the city will use big data to drive decisions that save taxpayer money through more efficient repairs and maintenance of streets, water lines and other infrastructure.
The City owns the data and will soon migrate it to the City’s Open Data Catalog. It is being introduced via a platform operated by Xaqt, a technology firm working with the City to display the data.
“We’ve been testing the quality of the data collected through our Smart City infrastructure,” said Chief Innovation Officer Bob Bennett, “and now we will put it to work to benefit Kansas City residents.”
Kansas City published the data while co-hosting a national workshop with Think Big Partners and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Kansas City’s methods for operationalizing big data, protecting personal privacy and using the data to solve city problems will lead the federal government’s efforts to set national standards and best practices for big data use.
Representatives of 18 cities, two countries and five federal agencies are attending the workshop.