Kansas City, KS, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 24, 2011 - Siemens has teamed up with the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (KCBPU), the publicly owned provider of electricity and water services to residences and businesses across Kansas City, Kan., is to deploy Smart Grid Appliances with preloaded, rapidly deployable eMeter® EnergyIP® meter data management system (MDMS) with IBM Tivoli and WebSphere software running on IBM Power Systems.

This partnership, involving Siemens, eMeter and IBM, will support a network of more than 69,000 electric meters and 55,000 water meters. KCBPU has also contracted with Siemens for the implementation of Energy Engage™, eMeter's customer web portal, to display consumer usage information to enhance the overall smart grid experience. Implementation for both the MDMS and web portal began in September.

“KCBPU is confident that once eMeter EnergyIP is installed, the MDMS will serve as our smart metering focal point, the system of record for all meter data,” said Bill Johnson, manager of Electric Operations & Technology at KCBPU. “We also strive to empower our customers to make intelligent consumption choices, which will be made possible through Energy Engage.”

The Smart Grid Appliance is a pre-integrated, readily scalable, bundled solution of server hardware and software for smart metering initiatives from eMeter and IBM.