Cisco Systems Inc. announced it has inked an agreement with the City of Vancouver and Pulse Energy Inc. to install Pulse’s software with Cisco’s Network Building Mediator in city-owned buildings.

The memorandum of understanding, announced Thursday at Expo 2010 in Shanghai, is a broad agreement that includes studies and trials using hardware and software to monitor electricity use in buildings.

Wim Elfrink, executive vice-president and chief globalization officer for San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco, said different devices in buildings use different network protocols. With Network Building Mediator, he said, Cisco can “IP enable” the devices and “make them visible.”