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India’s leading natural gas distribution company, Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL), is all set to roll-out of its pre-paid smart gas metering system, which will be deployed over a LoRaWAN Internet of Things (IoT) network of
Tata Communications.

LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) is a standard for wireless communication that allows IoT devices to communicate over large distance with minimal battery usage. I is a Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) networking protocol designed to wirelessly connect battery operated ‘things’ to the internet in regional, national or global networks.

It is being claimed that this is the first time that this technology is being deployed by any City Gas Distribution company in the country. 

The new IoT-enabled smart metres will be supplied by Genesis Gas Solutions in partnership with Tata Communications’ LoRaWAN IoT Network. This will enable IGL customers to monitor their gas use more accurately in real-time against available credit and pave the way for greater operational efficiency for IGL, which operates primarily in the National Capital Region (NCR) of New Delhi.

These smart gas usage meters comes with a battery life of up to 10 years and can be installed independent from the main power source because of very fact that LoRaWAN consumes very low energy.


Gas metering use case which requires a battery powered device only
[Image – TataCommunications.com]

Moreover, the IoT network enabled meters also helped IGL overcome some of the key limitations of using existing post-paid technology solutions such as locked customers’ premises, estimated/wrong billing, reversal of bills and tampering of meters.

Tata Communications already has an established the IoT network in Delhi NCR, which has now been extended to Rewari, a part NCR, where the company has already installed 5,000 pre-paid Genesis smart gas meters, in its first stage of the deployment. 

In NCR — as a region — a total of 24 districts in three neighbouring states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan along with whole of the National Capital Territory of Delhi constitute the NCR of India. Its major cities are
 Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad.

To-date, Tata Communications has rolled out its LoRaWAN network in 45 cities, with more cities planned for implementation over the next two years.

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 in total. To-date, the company has rolled out the LoRaWAN network in 45 cities, with more cities planned for implementation over the next two years.

IoT in gas meters along with water management is a big area of focus for Tata Communications. The company also has street lighting IoT solution where in India there is a huge move towards converting lights into LED lights.

According to VS Shridhar, who is Tata Communications’ senior VP and head of IoT,  the company can bring in further efficiency by bringing in an IoT device which dim street lights according to live conditions, and switch on and switch off according to astronomical clock which will all be internet linked.

For LoRaWAN, Tata Communications will be investing US$100 million in the next couple of years and will invest in MOVE platform which the company id having globally between various services of IoT . MOVE is a platform that helps us integrate various IoT applications which are there globally. 

Source – Express Computer

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