Sprint has big plans for their wireless network. That’s been evident due to all the changes they’ve been making since Claure took over as CEO. They aren’t just looking to expand their wireless network to offer their subscribers a better experience with wireless service though, in Kansas City, Sprint’s home town, they want to transform the whole city into a connected and intelligent WiFi network. Sprint’s plan is to utilize the Smart+Connected technology and Cisco’s hardware to build out a smart WiFi infrastructure around the city, making Sprint the first wireless provider in the U.S. to help lay the ground work for the first U.S.-based Smart Connected+ Network among other cities around the globe including Barcelona, Copenhagen, and Hamburg.
At some point Sprint may be looking to help expand out the range of the network, but for starters Sprint says the plan is to have the Smart+ Connected network run over a 2.2 mile area within downtown Kansas City, MO along the streetcar line. With the network in place, Sprint customers and residents of Kansas City would be able to tap into the network for anything from connecting to WiFi for data access to helping them find parking and manage traffic all through the use of Smart City apps, so presumably things could be accessed via their smartphones for everything. The network would also allow users to access maps and directions, and city residents could use it to manage other things regarding services like city lighting and waste management according to Sprint.
Sprint also has plans to enhance the Smart+ Connected network in the area with help from their subsidiary Pinsight Media+, which they hope can add things like commerce and brand connections through the use of data analytics and advertising. Stephen Bye who is Sprint’s Chief Technology Officer states “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. 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.” If Sprint can make this a successful venture, there’s no telling what other cities they might expand out to.