OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--What do easy and free Wi-Fi access, smooth-running traffic, and kiosks offering maps and entertainment options at your fingertips have in common? In Smart+Connected™ Cities around the globe, the answer is an intelligent Wi-Fi network.
In conjunction with the city of Kansas City, Mo., and Cisco, Sprint (NYSE: S) announced today it is deploying Cisco hardware to construct, own and manage the intelligent Wi-Fi network that will serve as the backbone of Kansas City’s Smart+Connected City framework. Sprint will be the first mobile service provider to play an important connectivity role in the development of a U.S.-based Smart+Connected City ecosystem.
The Wi-Fi network will operate along the 2.2-mile Kansas City streetcar line through downtown. Kansas City will join Barcelona, Spain; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Hamburg, Germany as hubs for this breakthrough technology.
The Sprint Wi-Fi intelligent communications network infrastructure will enable everything from simple Wi-Fi connectivity (for Sprint customers, Kansas Citians and visitors) to smart city applications that deliver maps and information and efficiently address and manage parking, traffic, city lighting, water and waste management. Pinsight Media+, a subsidiary of Sprint, will operate the data analytics and advertising platform, bolstering the intelligent network to enable commerce and brand connections to help bring services to life.
“Sprint looks forward to playing an integral role in this groundbreaking initiative to bring greater connectivity across a wide range of business and consumer applications that support the Internet of Everything in our hometown,” said Stephen Bye, chief technology officer, Sprint. "Delivering Wi-Fi connectivity is a great fit for Sprint, and it enables our customers to more easily use both cellular and Wi-Fi for a better mobile experience.”
The network is the No. 1 one priority at Sprint, and every day Sprint continues to improve the customer experience. Following a multiyear overhaul, the Sprint network now provides significantly better call quality and faster data speeds in more places than before. In Kansas City, recent enhancements include a new wireless system at Kauffman Stadium, on-air just in time to support Royals fans on Opening Day. In April Sprint also deployed 2.5GHz spectrum at Sporting Park, home to Sporting Kansas City (MLS), providing KC soccer fans a faster data experience. And earlier this year Sprint added capacity and deployed 2.5GHz spectrum at Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City.
About Sprint and Its Support for Entrepreneurship
Sprint has a strong history of working with startups in Kansas City, Silicon Valley and around the globe, helping young companies navigate the corporate world and build momentum behind their new businesses. Sprint is committed to supporting the entrepreneurial movement across the country, delivering new business opportunities and spurring the startup spirit within the company. The award-winning Sprint Accelerator in the Crossroads District of Kansas City is home to the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator, Powered by Techstars. The three-month, immersive, mentorship-driven program welcomed its second class of startup companies in March. Opened in 2014, the Accelerator space also is used to deliver year-round programming, including mentor engagement, STEM programs, entrepreneurial community collaboration and co-working space for startup organizations.
Pinsight Media+, powered by Sprint, is a mobile data company with a mission of connecting brands with mobile audiences through analytics, advertising and commerce. Across all product lines, Pinsight Media+ lets mobile data tell its own story, solve problems, and ultimately boost revenue. Pinsight Media+ makes mobile data matter. For more information visit www.pinsightmedia.com.
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 57 million connections as of March 31, 2015, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past four years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.