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Cisco names 10 cities using its cloud-based smart service

Matt Hamblen | Nov. 15, 2016
From Paris to Kansas City, cities monitor traffic, parking, air pollution with sensors and central dashboards

Kansas City will deploy the Cisco platform fully in about three months after first starting to work with Cisco on it about three years ago, said city Chief Innovation Officer Bob Bennett.

Data from multiple sources, including sensors, will be used to assess the city's progress against four priorities set by Kansas City Mayor Sly James: efficiency, enforcement, economic development and education. In each category, multiple calculations are intended to "generate a holistic view of a problem instead of a single piece of data leading to a single decision," Bennett said in an email.

For instance, Kansas City wanted to monitor water system leakage more carefully and use data from crowd movements to judge economic activity. Bennett said in May it was possible the city would use sensors to follow a crowd walking from a busy intersection downtown to see which restaurants are most popular. From there, the city might be able to reach conclusions about which features make a restaurant or other destination more popular.

The city also could sensors to detect when water pressure is down in a certain neighborhood or leaks in old pipes.


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