Kansas City utilities board picks Elster for smart grid project

Ralieigh, N.C., April 14, 2011 — The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities has selected Elster for the utility's smart grid deployment.

KCBPU, a publicly owned provider of electricity and water services to residences and businesses across the Kansas City, Kansas area, will implement Elster's EnergyAxis smart grid solution to streamline business and operational processes and provide cost-effective services to its customer base.

Google recently announced its selection of Kansas City, Kansas, as the location for its ultra-high-speed fiber project. This network is expected to be 100 times faster than most broadband connection speeds.

With Elster's proven technologies, which include advanced metering infrastructure, KCBPU will install Ethernet-connected Rex3 smart meters and replace outdated control systems and infrastructure.

This will enable the utility to roll out valuable new services such as outage management, time-of-use (TOU) rates, remote connect and disconnect service, flexible billing and leak detection capabilities to its customers.

As part of its smart grid plan, KCBPU plans to deploy more than 69,000 of Elster's smart electric meters and 55,000 Elster smart water meters over the next few years.

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