Sprint Launches Free Wi-Fi Service Across Downtown Kansas City

Sprint Launches Free Wi-Fi Service Across Downtown Kansas City Image Credit: Sprint

Sprint, in partnership with Cisco has launched its intelligent Sprint Wi-Fi network across downtown Kansas City as part the Kansas City’s Smart City plan. Residents and visitors will be able to enjoy the free Sprint Wi-Fi outdoors along the 2.2-mile KC Streetcar line through downtown, connecting some of the City’s most iconic districts such as the River Market, Kansas City Power & Light District and Crossroads.

In addition to free Wi-Fi connectivity, the Sprint Wi-Fi intelligent communications network provides Internet access to a broad range of citywide services such as maps and visitor information. Pinsight Media+, a subsidiary of Sprint, operates the data analytics and advertising platform, bolstering the intelligent network to enable brand connections to help bring services to life.

A series of 25 interactive digital kiosks along the streetcar line and nearby downtown locations connected to the Sprint Wi-Fi network can be used for accessing city services, current events, transportation services, local business information, public digital art, local history and entertainment. 

In addition, the WiFi network will be used for smart lighting and video. Using Sensity’s NetSense platform, the intelligent Internet of Things (IoT) platform transforms each lighting fixture into a sensory node. Advanced lighting controls are designed to automatically adjust street lights to help save money and energy and reduce light pollution. 

Tim Donahue, president, Kansas and Missouri Region at Sprint
Sprint Wi-Fi will help streamline city operations, generate economic development, and improve the quality of life for Kansas City residents.

Suraj Shetty, vice president and general manager of mobility solutions for Cisco
Cisco is pleased to work with Sprint on the advancement of a Cisco Smart+Connected Community framework as the company connects the digital kiosks, outdoor street lighting, the streetcar line, and other technologies to be utilized in Kansas City to its Wi-Fi network.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

For tips and feedback, email Ray at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com, or reach him on LinkedIn @raysharma10, Facebook @1RaySharma

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