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IESO, Canada's Independent Electricity System Operator, selected Kx to provide its kdb+ database to support the retrieval and querying of smart meter data processed by Ontario's Meter Data Management and Repository (MDM/R) system. Kx was evaluated in a competitive bid against several other database companies and chosen because it could handle large volumes of time-series smart meter data efficiently at the lowest total cost of ownership.
Affinity Systems, a Toronto-based software solutions firm, has become a Kx Training and Consulting Partner. Affinity has extensive experience in the utilities sector, specializing in the design, development, implementation and support of innovative software solutions for companies worldwide. For the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), Affinity Systems developed, and now supports, the Dispatch Data Management System, an integrated set of applications that controls and operates the scheduling and dispatch of the electricity grid in Ontario.
The next kdb+ User Group Meeting will be sponsored by First Derivatives, our Training and Consulting Partner, on 2 April and hosted by Morgan Stanley in New York. Current speakers include representatives from Kx, FD, Morgan Stanley and the Securities Technology Analysis Center (STAC). Please contact First Derivatives for details.
Kx's global Quant Workshops continue with great success. We have upcoming workshops scheduled in New York, Chicago and London. Please visit our events page for a complete schedule. We will soon begin offering special sessions to respond to the growing interest in connecting to kdb+. More information about this is available on the Kx Wiki.
Kx partner, AquaQ Analytics, has released a kdb+ framework called AquaQ TorQ to the Kx community via code.kx.com. The framework forms the basis of a production kdb+ system by implementing some core functionality and utilities on top of kdb+. It is suitable for those looking to create a new kdb+ program from scratch or add additional functionality to their existing kdb+ programs. A zip file containing the code and associated documentation is available from the AquaQ Analytics website or at code.kx.com.
Kx attended two North American utility industry shows this winter including DistribuTECH, the utility industry's leading annual transmission and distribution event, in San Antonio and Data Analytics for Utilities, an industry event that showcases how power companies are capitalizing on analytics to get the most value from the big data explosion, in Toronto.
In Europe we attended E-World, a leading forum for the international energy and water industry, in Essen, Germany and Big Data in Pharma Europe, where medical administrators and practitioners present current trends in using big data for medical research and development, in London.
Please join us in welcoming Jonny Press to the Kx team as a senior sales engineer. Jonny has deep experience with Kx from his years at First Derivatives, where he worked as a kdb+ engineer at Westpac Institutional Bank and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. He will lead the technical function in our pre-sales program with responsibility for attending sales meetings, conducting POC's and running Q Workshops for prospects and customers in the UK.
In The Press
Kx was featured in several articles about their selection by IESO to support the retrieval and querying of smart meter data processed by Ontario's Meter Data Management and Repository (MDM/R) system. Read more about what IESO Director Przemerk Tomczak said about the need for a time-series database technology that could handle large volumes of time-series smart meter data efficiently in SmartGrid News and Smartmeters.com.
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