Kansas City Living Lab Pioneers Smart Streetlights

 

Kansas City’s Living Lab

Kansas City’s Living Lab

Since 2010, leader and entrepreneur Russell Rahm has served as president and CEO of Leading Edge Technology Strategies, a direct marketing service company. Russell Rahm also shares his entrepreneurial experience as a Member of the Advisory Board of Directors for Think Big Partners, which helps companies grow more innovatively and efficiently through many different projects and services.

Among its other projects, Think Big Partners will manage Kansas City’s Living Lab, a public-private partnership dedicated to bringing creative solutions and internet technologies to city infrastructure. One of the first technology solutions the lab will test is smart streetlights, a platform for energy-efficient, low-latency wireless sensor networks.

Through this initiative, lighting controls provided by Sensity’s NetSense tools will save energy and reduce crime by presence-based dimming. Eventually, the technology could be used on all 93,000 streetlights in Kansas City for significant energy savings. Ideas such as this one that use technology to improve the metropolitan area while saving costs and helping the environment embody the vision of the Living Lab.

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