CPFL Energia, the non-state owned electric energy company in Brazil, has selected the eMeter’s EnergyIP meter data management platform for a smart meter rollout project in the country.

EnergyIP was part of the Siemens Smart Grid portfolio following the acquisition of eMeter in January 2012.

The smart meter project is the first implementation of a meter data management application in Brazil, a key component in the smart grid to support a full-scale residential metering rollout for a large utility.

CPFL said its eight distributors which serve 569 municipalities and distribute electric energy to seven million customers across its concession area, will be initially implementing the platform to support its high and medium voltage customers in a phased approach.

Following this, EnergyIP will be subsequently integrated with two advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems using eMeter AMI Adapter technology, as well as the core enterprise systems for CPFL’s operating companies.

CPFL Energia operative processes and automation manager Mauro Carmello said, "CPFL Energia chose EnergyIP as the meter data management platform based on its proven track record, extensibility to support our multiple communication technologies and multiple operation companies."

Meanwhile, CPFL has also selected IBM to serve as the EnergyIP system integrator, offering consulting services relating to governance, process design and best practices and also manage the planning, installation and configuration of the application, as well as testing, go-live support and initial assisted operation.

IBM Energy and Utilities industry general manager and Global Smart Grid Federation chairman Guido Bartels said, "Our EnergyIP smart metering experts will ensure the proper delivery of the meter data management system that will help build resiliency and efficiency into their business while allowing a smooth and successful Smart Grid transition."