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Kansas City presses on with emerging ‘smart city’ corridor (with video)

KC station sign Matt Hamblen

Kansas City, Mo.’s 2.2-mile streetcar line, coming next year, sits in the center of an innovation district that will include smart city elements like free Wi-Fi, station interactive kiosks and sensors to guide traffic and control streetlights.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The upcoming 2.2-mile downtown streetcar line in Kansas City, Mo. will be the focal point of an ambitious smart city project involving Cisco, Sprint and smaller app developers who plan to combine their engineering talents in new ways.

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Family business, redefined

Flashback to the late 1980s, when this pilot fish is working for a small vendor that sells accounting software to small businesses.

“Although our programs were text based, they had drop-down menus like Windows, which made them easy to use by folks just starting out with computer technology,” says fish.

“Our salesman made a sale to a family business where the father was the owner and his daughter, in her early 20s, was the office manager. Being the lead installation tech, I arranged an initial meeting to discuss the installation and training that I would provide.

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