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Kansas City, WWT Start Smart City Initiative

The Kansas City Council approved a $2.85 million contract to procure hardware from World Wide Technology, Inc. to start initiatives towards a Smart City.

The Kansas City Council will be working with World Wide Technology, Inc. to start initiatives towards a Smart City. This $2.85 million contract involves the procurement of hardware and software from WWT necessary for the Smart + Connected Communities aspect of the initiative.

On July 17, 2015, bizjournals.com posted:

On Thursday, the Kansas City Council introduced an ordinance that would authorize City Manager Troy Schulte to execute a $2.85 million contract with St. Louis-based World Wide Technology Inc.to procure hardware and software necessary for the project. In late April, the council authorized spending $3.7 million on the $15 million public-private partnership, which also will include contributions from San Jose-based Cisco Systems Inc. and Overland Park-based Sprint Corp.

A fact sheet attached to the ordinance said the contract will buy hardware necessary for the Smart + Connected Communities aspect of the initiative. S+CC calls for beefing up the city's technical backbone along the 2.2-mile run of the Kansas City streetcar line, adding a number of sensors in municipal infrastructure, installing digital kiosks near streetcar stops and other services. The document said World Wide Technology is the sole authorized reseller of Cisco's hardware and software.

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