The smart metres are supplied by Genesis Gas Solutions in collaboration with the LoRaWAN Internet of Things (IoT) network of Tata Communications
Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL), Delhi-based gas distribution firm, has rolled out prepaid smart gas metering systems in the Rewari district of Haryana. The new smart meters will enable the customers to monitor the use of gas more accurately in real-time against the credit available. In addition, it will pave the way for higher operational efficiency for IGL.
This is the first time in India that the smart metering technology is being implemented by any city gas distribution firm.
The smart metres are supplied by Genesis Gas Solutions in collaboration with the LoRaWAN Internet of Things (IoT) network of Tata Communications. The latter already has an established network of IoT in the Delhi/NCR region that has been extended to Rewari now.
In the first stage of implementation, 5,000 prepaid smart gas metres have been deployed in the Rewari district.
To overcome limitations
Due to low energy consumption of LoRaWAN, the smart metres for usage of gas can be installed separately from the main source of power – having up to 10-year battery life. This has helped the IGL in overcoming some of major limitations with the current postpaid technology solutions like locked premises, reversal of bills, estimated/wrong billing and metre tampering.
Speaking about the development, E.S. Ranganathan, Managing Director, IGL, said, “By implementing this smart metering solution, we have been able to eliminate human errors caused by manual metre reading, optimise capacity planning and improve cash flows.”
V S Shridhar, Senior VP and Head for IoT, Tata Communications, said, “Technology advancements such as IoT are laying the foundation of Digital India and the future is smart. Smart metering is gathering pace in the energy market, boosting efficiencies and enhancing customer experience.”
Tata Communications is creating the foundation for IoT in the country with the largest IoT network in the world, spread across nearly 2,000 communities and reaching more than 400 million people.
Till date, the company has rolled out LoRaWAN network in nearly 45 cities and is planning to implement the network in more cities over the coming two years.