10,400 new smart meters coming to India in major enterprise order
The smart meters will be deployed by Indian utility Tata Power in Mumbai
U.K. firm CyanConnode Holdings, a specialists in narrowband radio mesh networks that enable internet of things (IoT) communications, has won a new purchase ordersfor 10,400 smart meters from Larsen & Toubro (L&T), which will expand the deployment of CyanConnode’s smart metering solution at Tata Power Mumbai, in India.
The latest purchase orders from L&T are part of a framework agreement between Tata Power and L&T, which enables Tata Power to request further deliveries quickly throughout the year without going through a full procurement process.
Under this new order, CyanConnode will provide communications hardware and software for the implementation of its narrowband RF mesh AMI solution for 10,400 smart meters for Tata Power consumers in Mumbai, bringing the total orders so far to 25,100. CyanConnode’s AMI technology provides bi-directional communication between Tata Power’s meter data management system and its consumers’ meters, enabling automated meter reading, regular and accurate billing as well as providing customers with energy consumption information.
Tata Power currently has over 2.6 million consumer customers, including over 670,000 in Mumbai.
“These orders further demonstrate the progress our company is making in the Indian market as well as the success of our scalable business model,” John Cronin, CyanConnode’s executive chairman, said. “The continuing expansion at Tata Power Mumbai validates the suitability of our optimized narrowband mesh network technology for the Indian market and provides a highly respected customer reference.”
“India continues to be a core market and CyanConnode is in a leading position with an established in-country team and partner eco-system. The Indian government’s approved UDAY scheme has a target to install 35 million meters by 2019,” the executive added. CyanConnode Holdings is headquartered in Cambridge, U.K.
Kimberly-Clark joins Georgia Tech’s IoT Research Center
In other IoT news, Kimberly-Clark said it has joined Georgia Tech’s Center for the Development and Application of Internet-of-Things Technologies (CDAIT).
As a member of this global, non-profit research and development center, Kimberly-Clark will help guide research into the rapidly evolving Internet of Things (IoT) marketplace that addresses critical societal issues including privacy, trust, ethics, regulation and policy, the firm said.
This follows the announcement by Kimberly-Clark Professional about Onvation Technology, a smart restroom management system that harnesses the machine-to machine connectivity of IoT to provide customers with up-to-the-minute monitoring of restroom conditions from any device or location, 24 hours a day.
“Onvation Technology is Kimberly-Clark’s first foray into the IoT world,” the firm’s Global Director of IT Innovation, Renee Pearson, said. “By joining CDAIT, we are taking an active role in shaping the future of IoT innovation and better understanding how to continue leveraging the convergence of the physical and digital worlds to bring actionable data, analytics and insights to businesses.”