New Delhi: Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) has selected Genesis Gas Solutions for the roll-out of its pre-paid smart gas metering system.
This is the first time that this technology is being deployed by any city gas distribution company in the country.
The new smart metres supplied by Genesis Gas Solutions in partnership with Tata Communications’ LoRaWAN Internet of Things (IoT) network will enable customers to monitor their gas use more accurately in real-time against available credit and pave the way for greater operational efficiency for IGL.
Tata Communications already has an established the IoT network in Delhi NCR, which has now been extended to Rewari.
With low energy consumption of LoRaWAN, smart metres for gas usage can be installed independent from the main power source – with a battery life of up to 10 years. 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 metres.
As the first stage of deployment, 5,000 pre-paid smart gas metres have been installed in Rewari.
IGL’s Managing Director E.S. Ranganathan 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 Vice President and Head for IoT at 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 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. The company has rolled out the LoRaWAN network in 45 cities, with more cities planned for implementation over the next two years.