India : Tata Communications and Mahanagar Gas Ltd to deploy 5,000 smart gas meters in Mumbai

Tata CommunicationsNSE -0.70 % will work with Mahanagar Gas (MGL) to deploy 5,000 smart gas meters in Mumbai. The telecom operator, on Tuesday, said that the new smart meters will give households and businesses visibility and control over their gas usage, allowing MGLNSE -3.44 % to improve its operational efficiencies. 

Tata Communications’ public Internet of Things (IoT)network will provide connectivity to MGL’s smart meters. 

“We want to help our customers better understand their energy use, save money and reduce their carbon footprint - while improving our own operational efficiencies,” said Rajeev Mathur, managing director Mahanagar Gas Limited. 

As the global smart gas market is set to grow from around $1.59 billion in 2016 to $2.27 billion by 2021, it is expected that there will be around 130 million smart meters across India in the next three years, said Tata Communications in its statement. 

This infrastructure is based on an ultra-low-power, long-range network, which enables MGL to simultaneously monitor thousands of smart meters. It means that its customers won’t have to manually check their gas meter readings – instead the smart system will automatically track their gas usage. 

“Our recent India –wide research found that the home is where people expect IoT to make a big difference, with over 90% of people surveyed saying that they would like to use IoT to monitor their home appliances remotely in real-time, for example,” said VS Shridhar, senior vice president and head for Internet of Things, Tata Communications. 

Tata Communications is building the foundation for IoT in India with the world's largest IoT network, spanning nearly 2,000 communities and touching over 400 million people. To-date, the company has rolled out the LoRaWANTM network in 38 cities, with more cities planned for implementation over the next two years. 

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Smart Grid Bulletin July 2019

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