On Wednesday, UK smart metering and lighting technology company Cyan confirmed that it has bolstered its entry into the South African market by signing a distribution deal with a local electrical contractor and implementing a proof of concept order, Metering and Smart Energy International reported.
The Cambridge-headquartered company has added Cape Town-based electrical construction company Adenco to its group of local partners that also includes telecoms provider Vodacom and M2M (Machine -to-Machine) solutions company XLink Communications.
Strengthening position in South Africa
Mark Coyle, vice president at Cyan told Metering.com, that the move forms part of a strategy to build a small presence in the South African market before creating a formal operating company that will locally manufacture and assemble metering and lighting solutions.
Coyle said: “Cyan has been looking at Africa for a couple of years and waiting for the right time to come in.”
He added: “South Africa is at inflection point where there’s a great need for energy security, revenue assurance and an improved quality of service.”
A smart metering proof of concept
In an interview with Metering.com at trade event African Utility Week, Coyle said Cyan will complete a smart metering proof of concept in collaboration with its partners by the middle of the year, as well as secure local market certification before promoting its technology ‘at scale’.
He concluded: “The South African government has put out an RFI [request for information] for smart metering and we’re engaging with municipalities to show how the benefits of smart metering and load-limiting technology can be accelerated.”
Cyan 100 unit project
In March, ESI-Africa.com reported that Cyan had signed a non-exclusive distribution agreement with XLink to supply Cyan’s smart metering and lighting solution CyLec for a 100-unit project as well as related Internet of Things applications.