Siemens has teamed up with the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities to deliver eMeter smart grid appliances. Each appliance includes a preloaded, rapidly deployable instance of eMeter EnergyIP meter data management system (MDMS) with IBM Tivoli and WebSphere software running on IBM Power Systems.

This partnership 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 eMeter Energy Engage, a 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 of this year.

IBM is also bringing technologies to the project. The Smart Grid Appliance is a pre-integrated, readily scalable, bundled solution of all the server hardware and software needed to put smart metering initiatives on the right track from day one. This offering with IBM enables the smallest to the largest utilities the ability to quickly realize the benefits of the smart grid, build more demand management capabilities, and improve operational efficiencies and customer service responsiveness.