Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo in Kansas City this week

Posted at 7:59 AM, Mar 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-27 08:59:51-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You’ve heard of smart TVs, smartphones, smart apps, and smart toasters…wait, that was the “Brave” little toaster.

How about smart cities?

This week at Bartle Hall, Kansas City is the center of the “smart cities universe.” Technically speaking, it is the Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo, a meeting place for 500-plus municipalities from around the world.

According to Richard Erb, Executive Director of the summit, this is a way for cities and towns to come together and discuss innovation in a wide variety of areas from energy to infrastructure, citizen/government communication to health care, emergency services to cyber-security, and so many other topics.

Erb said KC is the perfect spot for this convention. Kansas City is an Edison Award Winner, has 50 city blocks of free WiFi, those helpful kiosks and a long list of Smart City innovations.