Looking for trade & parking updates? KCMO website creates downtown navigation easier

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Heading downtown? There’s a website that might be means to help!

While it is still in a commencement phases, a website built by a city of Kansas City, Missouri, can be a useful apparatus for downtown commuters.

“It allows people who are entrance to downtown know what is going on in that sourroundings in front of them so they can comment for additional time if there’s traffic,” pronounced Bob Bennett, arch creation officer for KCMO.

The website launched in Feb and it shows information collected by about 200 trade meters along Main Street.

“Right now, it’s usually on Main Street since that’s where we have a sensors deployed,” pronounced Bennett. “Our idea is to supplement complexity as we build out a intelligent city’s infrastructure.”

When we go to a website we can see areas of tone along Main Street that shows trade flow. Each tone signifies a opposite speed.

“Right now we are saying highway traffic,” pronounced Bennett. “We’re going to supplement feet traffic, additional avenues and additional streets.”

Perhaps one of a many useful collection on a website is a ability to uncover either parking spots are accessible in genuine time.

“If they need to find a parking mark right along Main Street it gives them a targeted plcae to go directly to,” he said. “You’re not going to spend 10-15 mins looking for that parking spot. You’re going to go right in and park your car.”

So where might this intelligent trade map enhance to next? Prospect Avenue is during a tip of a list.

“I am in a routine of operative with those leaders and city staff to make that a existence and not only a plan. So we expect that will be a subsequent place we go,” pronounced Bennett. 

This is partial of a intelligent city initiative. The City Council authorized a $15.8 million understanding in 2015 to make Kansas City a latest “Smart City” in North America. The city afterwards debuted a Smart City complement in 2016 a day before a central launch of a KC Streetcar.

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Jade DeGood can be reached at Jade.DeGood@KSHB.com.

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