How Kansas City, Missouri Aims to Become the ‘World’s Most Connected Smart City’

IN HIS QUEST TO MAKE Kansas City, Missouri, the “world’s most connected smart city,” Bob Bennett doesn’t leave much time to let the grass grow beneath his feet.

“You know, my wife tells me this: ‘When are you getting home tonight?'” says Bennett, who in early 2016 began serving as Kansas City’s chief innovation officer – overseeing projects that have included widespread public Wi-Fi installation within a 54-block stretch of downtown…

By virtue of the U.S. (Department of Transportation) Smart City Challenge, we were able to put together a team of about 250 people when all was said and done. (The competition opened in 2015 to mid-sized U.S. cities hoping to introduce their own “smart transportation system that would use data, applications, and technology to help people and goods move more quickly, cheaply and efficiently,” per the DOT).