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PEQ to Announce Commercial Deal With Kansas' Largest Electric Utility Provider, Westar Energy, at CES 2016

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New Partnership Shows PEQ's Commitment to Providing Wholesale Solutions for the Smart Home

KANSAS CITY, MO --(Marketwired - January 04, 2016) - PEQ, an IoT service provider that enables other brands to easily enter the smart home space, has signed its first commercial deal with Westar Energy, Kansas' largest electric utility provider. PEQ is using its human-centric, wholesale service platform to provide Westar with an alternative, digital way to connect and engage with customers. This will enable more meaningful relationships with customers and create a unique home energy management solution.

"Today's consumers are extremely tech-savvy, yet they aren't digitally engaged with their utility provider. We realized this opportunity and made it a top-priority to create a new way to connect with our customers," said Mark Cosby, Business Development at Westar. "We partnered with PEQ because we were impressed with their carrier-grade service platform, intuitive user interface, and ability to create a unique, energy-based experience for our customers."

PEQ is committed to its wholesale strategy in the home automation space, and this partnership shows the kind of opportunities this approach can have.

"Increasingly, a number of industries like energy are finding their core business intersects with the connected home. Our wholesale platform enables companies in these sectors to offer tailored smart home solutions that relate to their core service offering, which deepens the relationship these companies have with their customers," said Steve Bosch, VP of Product and Strategy at PEQ. "We've found a great energy partner in Westar, who matches our passion for innovation and customer experience, and we're excited for Westar Home to launch commercially in the coming year."

Westar, which will launch the service as Westar Home, is a smart home and security service that also offers a unique way to manage the home's energy. It will use the PEQ service platform, devices, and user interface to provide a range of benefits to Westar customers.

  • Westar Home offers complete protection and control of the home from anywhere.
  • Users can customize their homes with the devices that are most important to them, including those from brands like Nest and Philips hue. 
  • The app is simple and convenient, and it can be easily accessed while on-the-go from a smartphone, tablet, or Apple Watch.

Westar Home will be available to customers in early 2016. For more information on Westar Home, or to schedule a meeting with PEQ at the Bellagio Hotel during CES, contact Megan Krtek at mkrtek@mypeq.com.

About PEQ

PEQ is an IoT platform and service provider that enables other brands to easily enter the smart home and automation space. The company strives to make a more helpful home by taking a human-centric, design-driven approach that brings intelligent control and seamless interactions to a variety of connected IoT devices. Visit www.mypeq.com for more information.

About Westar Energy

Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) is Kansas' largest electric utility. For more than a century, we have provided Kansans the safe, reliable electricity needed to power their businesses and homes. Every day our team of professionals takes on projects to generate and deliver electricity, protect the environment and provide excellent service to our nearly 700,000 customers. Westar has 7,200MW of electric generation capacity fueled by coal, uranium, natural gas, wind, solar and landfill gas. We are also a leader in electric transmission in Kansas. Our innovative customer service programs include mobile-enabled customer care, digital meters and paving the way for electric vehicle adoption. Our employees live, volunteer and work in the communities we serve.

For more information about Westar Energy, visit us on the Internet at http://www.WestarEnergy.com. Westar Energy is on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/yourwestar and Twitter: www.Twitter.com/WestarEnergy.

PR Contact
Megan Krtek
mkrtek@mypeq.com