Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) will deploy prepaid smart gas metering system based on Tata Communications’ LoRaWAN Internet of Things (IoT) network.
IGL has awarded Genesis Gas Solutions for the rollout of its pre-paid smart gas metering system. The new smart meters supplied by the company is in partnership with Tata Communications. The network will enable its customers to monitor their gas use more accurately in real-time against available credit and pave the way for greater operational efficiency for IGL.
This is the first time that this technology is being deployed by any CGD (City Gas Distribution) company in the country.
As the first stage of deployment, 5,000 pre-paid Genesis smart gas meters have been installed in Rewari by IGL. This has helped IGL overcome some of the key limitations of using existing post-paid technology solutions such as locked premises, estimated/wrong billing, reversal of bills and tampering of meters.
“Tata Communications’ IoT network enabled pre-paid smart meters will help enhance the relationship between us as a utility supplier and our customers,” said E.S. Ranganathan, Managing Director, Indraprastha Gas Limited.
“By implementing this smart metering solution, we have been able to eliminate human errors caused by manual meter reading, optimise capacity planning and improve cash flows,” added Ranganathan.
“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,” said VS Shridhar, Senior Vice President and Head for Internet of Things, Tata Communications.
“Furthermore, when underpinned by the right IoT platform, and connected with other solutions in a smart city, they could pave the way for additional value-added services for the benefit of consumers, businesses and society as a whole,” added Shridhar.
Tata Communications is building the foundation for IoT in India with the world’s largest LoRaWAN network, spanning nearly 2,000 communities and touching over 400 million people in total. Till date, the company has rolled out the LoRaWAN network in 45 cities, with more cities planned for implementation over the next two years.