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The Kansas City Smart City Living Lab is a smart city development lab, managed by Think Big, building on the Kansas City Smart City Initiative. A unique public-private partnership that is designed to accelerate smart city and industrial internet of things (IoT) innovation.

We help entrepreneurs, inventors, corporate innovators and the academic/scientific community to design, build and launch successful civic technology applications in the smart city space. The Living Lab program gains sandbox access Cisco’s CDP, connected infrastructure, data and developer tools necessary to build and integrate Smart City Solutions.

Through the combined assets of the KCMO Smart City Open Access portal and the Kansas City Smart City Living Lab, we provide essential resources that support faster design thinking processes, create better proof of concept pilots, which ultimately delivers faster technology commercialization.

Additionally, the Kansas City Smart City Living Lab creates a framework that facilitates meaningful dialogues between developers and city officials that takes some of the guesswork out of building problem focused smart city and internet of things solutions.

Our offering is rapidly expanding and leverages our corporate, academic and governmental partner’s capabilities and areas of interest to create trusted partnerships that accelerate smart city technology innovation.

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Smarter Mobility has the power to transform not only how we move through our city but also how it looks. With innovations in mobility we can make our cities safer, improve traffic, reduce emissions and energy use, and even extend new ladders of opportunity to under-served portions of our community.

Current Mobility Assets provide:

  • Objects (people, bikes, vehicles)
  • Entering and exiting regions or crossing boundaries
  • Wifi counts
  • Dwell times
  • Loyalty (repeat devices vs new devices)

Smart Parking

Smart Parking can enhance citizen experience by providing means of identifying and reserving parking spaces more efficiently, better managing demand, and even rethinking land use.

Current Smart Parking Assets provide:

  • Demarcated and un-demarcated spots are available
  • Parking spot type (no parking, handicap, metered, etc)
  • Occupancy
  • Violations and the ability to control parking policies
  • Reservation mechanism

Smart Lighting

Smart Lighting is the “backbone of smart cities”, however, is often one of the most overlooked high valuable, leverage-able assets. The cost savings and security enhancement of networked lighting are undeniable and the physical structure provides secure access points that can power other solutions while creating revenue opportunities.

Current Smart Lighting Assets provide:

  • Is light on/off
  • Ability to turn lights on/off
  • Brightness
  • Ability to Set Brightness
  • Energy usage
  • Strobe a light

Environmental Sensors

From planning your evening out, city leaders issuing municipal health alert decisions or factories adjusting their pollution control systems, environmental sensors can help inform a wide variety of triggers and decisions.

Current Mobility Assets provide:

  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • AQI
  • Raw pollutant levels
  • Ambient noise
  • Barometric pressure
  • And more.

Smart Waste

This is more than just emptying trash bins; it’s about health, economic implications and sustainability implications as well. Keep your city clean by developing new means and methods of collecting trash and recycling.

Current Smart Lighting Assets provide:

  • Waste container type
  • Waste level
  • Last time it was emptied


Providing information and insights to engage citizens is a key goal of KC’s Smart City Project. All of the existing smart city assets send either status updates, notifications, or state changes, that can be incorporated into your app.

Current Notifications provide:

  • Send notifications (CDP to CDP messaging)
  • Policy notifications (like a parking violation occurred)
  • Generate a text, email or web services call from CDP

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To gain access to the Kansas City Smart City Living Lab Developer Sandbox environment, let us know how you plan utilize the platform.

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