FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 13, 2018
Public Wi-Fi in downtown Kansas City will be out of service on June 18-20 so that technicians and engineers can complete a consolidation project that will save the City money while providing other long-term benefits.
The plan is to link the Information Technology centers for the City and the Kansas City Police Department, which have always been separate. Staff studies indicate that consolidating the centers will result in significant cost savings for the City by eliminating operational redundancies.
As part of the OneIT initiative, the Wi-Fi system has to come offline so that engineers can relocate the servers and re-rack the network management equipment to make it more efficient.
The work starts at 11 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, and is expected to last at least two days. During this outage, workers will move racks from one secure location to one that’s even more secure. They also will splice together 48 strands of fiber to reconnect.
Other items on the work order include:
- Relocating 10 40-gig networks
- Relocating 10-12 servers
- Restoring power
- Testing the system
The guest Wi-Fi at City Hall won’t be affected during this outage, nor will traffic signals since they have fiber. The downtown kiosks will also operate as normal since they are on a cellular system.
For the past two years, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, has provided free public Wi-Fi covering 54 square blocks in downtown’s KC Streetcar corridor. The free public Wi-Fi is a Smart City project, which the City is expanding to help create the largest Smart City infrastructure in North America.
For more information, please contact Chris Hernandez, City Communications Director, at 816-513-3474.