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Former Kansas City CIO launches smart city consultancy

B2 Civic Solutions claims to have developed a replicable model for identifying, planning and resourcing smart solutions for communities of all sizes.

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Bennett wants to help connect cities with smart solutions
Bennett wants to help connect cities with smart solutions

A newly formed smart city consultancy has developed a replicable model for identifying, planning and resourcing smart city solutions for communities of all sizes.

 

B2 Civic Solutions is founded by Bob Bennett, the outgoing chief innovation officer (CIO) for Kansas City, where he oversaw its smart city programme described as the “world’s most connected”.

 

The launch was announced at the Smart Cities NYC 2019 (SCNY19) conference, which is taking place at Pier 36 this week (13-15 May).

 

Collaborative working

 

The consultancy aims to connect major cities and metropolitan regions with smart city solutions.

 

“The challenges cities face will increasingly be solved by communities and corporations working together. Companies bring in capital investment and cutting-edge technology, while cities control the access, right of way and prioritisation of services,” said Bennett.

 

“My goal is to help companies, cities and citizens collaborate, innovate and prepare for the next century.”

 

Bennett has also been named chair of the Cities Today Institute, which focuses on best practices for sustainable urban development.

“The challenges cities face will increasingly be solved by communities and corporations working together"

In this role, Bennett will work with the team leading the 20-20 Cities Today project, which hosts events to explore smart city and urban applications. The institute will provide a cities-first perspective on aggregating and sharing best practices in the emerging smart city marketplace.

 

Kansas City’s smart city initiative is a $15m public-private partnership includes Sprint wi-fi, a free outdoor public wi-fi deployment across more than 50 square blocks downtown, 138 smart streetlights along a two-mile stretch of the new KC Streetcar line and 25 interactive kiosks to engage citizens.

 

Prior to joining Kansas City in 2015, Bennett served in the US Army for 25 years, where his roles included operations executive, strategic planner and educator.

 

He reportedly planned, synchronised and coordinated some 500 operations in Africa from 2012-14 and oversaw the development and integration of technologies into standing army policies and operations.

 

 

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