China’s Kaifa joins with IBM and AMT-SYBEX to offer end-to-end service

China meter manufacturer Shenzhen Kaifa Technology (Kaifa), a subsidiary of Greatwall Technology, has partnered with IBM and UK software maker AMT-SYBEX to build an end-to-end smart metering solution in a bid to capture more market share.
Jackie Yan, senior manager of the metering division at Kaifa, commented on the reasons for forging the partnership: “Previously, our metering division focused on delivering various metering devices to energy companies and other utilities.
“We realised that by moving up the value chain and supplying end-to-end smart metering solutions, we could make our customers’ lives easier by creating a one-stop solution that would eliminate arguments between the system provider and meter providers if communication problems were found in the field – and this would also enable us to win new business.”
Kaifa said that “tackling the big data problem faced by many of our clients was outside our skill-set” so they looked to outside suppliers to assist.
Kaifa built a smart metering solution based on the company’s head-end system and the AMT-SYBEX’s Affinity Meterflow meter data management application.
Affinity Meterflow offers a single platform for processing data from both traditional and smart meters and incorporates IBM’s Informix TimeSeries software, which is designed to import and store time-stamped data more efficiently than traditional relational databases, and make data available for real-time queries.
Yan said: “Choosing Affinity Meterflow and the Informix technology will allow us to integrate meter data with upstream customer and billing platforms on a vast scale.
“It combines what we see as our partners’ greatest strengths: IBM’s ability to develop scalable platforms that can handle massive volumes of data efficiently, and AMT-SYBEX’s industry-specific expertise in managing data-flows and data analysis.”