Kansas City faces tough competition in that DoT Smart City Challenge from the other finalists, including Pittsburgh and the much larger San Francisco. But Gutierrez said he believes KC's strong connection to logistics operations and its current work in smart city innovations "gives KC a good shot at winning it."
Cisco has previously cited KC as an ideal place to prove its evolving smart city technology because it is mid-sized -- not too large and not too small. The Kansas City region has about 2 million people, with fewer than 500,000 in the city limits.
The Smart City Challenge evolved from DoT's Beyond Traffic draft report issued in 2015 that showed the nation's aging infrastructure is not ready to deal with fast population growth in many regions of the country. The report also identified the need to increase mobility options in mid-sized regions such as Kansas City.
Source: CIO Australia
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