HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 05, 2008 – Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) is expanding its suite of Intergraph field automation tools with a new application for field design sketch. The new technology will enable KCP&L to capture intelligent design information in the field and incorporate it into critical back-office systems like Intergraph's infrastructure management and workforce management solutions. The tool will assist KCP&L crews in a multitude of daily field activities including restoration follow-up, service orders, small design jobs, maintenance orders and others.
The new field design sketch tool is pre-integrated into Intergraph's unified field automation suite. The integrated suite incorporates field engineering applications, outage management and mobile workforce management technology for scheduled work and trouble work into a single mobile application for optimal functionality and cost savings. This solution utilizes wireless technology to allow real-time connection and updates, and in times when a signal is not available, a store and forward capability allows updates to be queued until connection is re-established. In addition to the field design sketch tool, future functionality will include field inspection, vegetation management and damage assessment.
"As a user of Intergraph's Automated Mapping/Facilities Management (AM/FM/GIS) solutions for utilities for the past several years, we look forward to obtaining the added benefits of the new field design sketch tool," said Ed Hedges, Project Manager at KCP&L. "By working closely with Intergraph, we continue to expand the types of work that can be accomplished with the Intergraph geographic information system (GIS) tools, leading to significant impacts on day-to-day productivity and customer satisfaction."
"Our vision for utilities field automation technology has always been to empower crews to complete as many activities as possible from a single application in their vehicles, seamlessly exchanging data with the back office and reducing unnecessary travel and lag time," said Jay Stinson, vice president of utilities & communications at Intergraph. "KCP&L is a prime example of a technology-savvy utility that has embraced this comprehensive set of tools to cost-effectively enhance business operations and customer service. Intergraph will continue to work with KCP&L and other progressive utilities to ensure that we are doing all we can to accommodate their emerging technology needs."
In addition to leveraging Intergraph field automation tools, KCP&L also utilizes Intergraph's design and asset management technology, mobile workforce management application and data integration and analysis tools.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCP&L (www.kcpl.com) is a leading regulated provider of electricity in the Midwest. KCP&L is a wholly owned subsidiary of Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP), the holding company for KCP&L.
Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph's industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data into understandable visual representations and actionable intelligence. Intergraph's software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.
Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I). Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially-powered solutions to the defense and intelligence, public safety and security, government, transportation, photogrammetry, utilities, and communications industries. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com.
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