The first smart-city installation in India is underway in Mumbai involving smart meters, connected streetlights and electricity-distribution equipment.
A joint venture of India’s largest private power utility company Reliance Energy, Swedish wireless-technology supplier Connode, and Intel, the project is the first rollout of smart meters in India that is fully compliant with the communication standards outlined by the country’s government in its machine-to-machine road map.
Relying on Intel’s IoT Gateways, the technology will be capable of supporting distributed intelligence and handle a large number of connected nodes.
“Our ambition is to be a key player in the transformation of India’s infrastructure for energy and smart city services,” said Bjorn Lindblom, CEO of Connode.
“Connode’s IPv6 mesh technology together with Intel IOT Gateways and embedded security solutions will provide a highly flexible and cost-effective total communications solution that is easy to deploy and efficient to operate.”
The firm believes the infrastructure will eventually allow more applications and functionality to be added as the smart-city technology market develops.
“By pioneering implementation of smart grid in Mumbai, we will be able to provide unparalleled services to our esteemed customers and build competencies to participate in the opportunity to build smart cities,” said RR Mehta, CEO of Reliance Energy.
Reliance Energy, with its 2.9 million consumers in Mumbai, operates the largest distribution network in the city.