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Vodafone and Cyan target Indian smart metering market

Iain Morris
June 24, 2014
 
UK smart meter player Cyan has teamed up with Vodafone’s M2M business to address the smart metering market in India.

The two players say they will work on creating joint propositions and developing opportunities in India’s utility metering and lighting control sectors.

Vodafone (Newbury, UK) and Cyan (Cambridge, UK) are to collaborate on developing a managed service portfolio, with Cyan’s wireless mesh networking platform providing a cost-effective extension to Vodafone’s network reach for “last mile” data communications to utility end customers.

Vodafone says its M2M Global Data Services Platform and managed hosting services will provide secure data communications and storage beyond the networked devices.

“Our focus is to supply smart metering solutions to enable utilities to reduce transmission and distribution losses and protect revenue,” said John Cronin, the executive chairman at Cyan. “Therefore, we are very pleased to announce this partnership and that our CyLec platform will be installed in Vodafone's Customer Experience Center in Mumbai to demonstrate its capability in providing metering solutions.”

“This is another step in offering sustainable solutions to the Indian power sector through strategic partnerships,” he added.

Cyan describes CyLec as an integrated solution for smart metering deployments that provides a “migration path” from automated meter reading to full advanced metering infrastructure.

The platform is dedicated to electricity metering and optimized for range, data communications, interoperability and security, says Cyan.

Vodafone operates one of the largest mobile networks in India but – like the country’s other operators – has recently witnessed a slowdown in growth at its traditional voice and messaging business, with few new customers left to serve.

The operator is looking to M2M opportunities in the energy and other sectors to spur revenue growth.

Given the vast size of the Indian market, and the savings that smart meter usage could generate for Indian households and utilities, the deal between Cyan and Vodafone holds obvious attractions for both players.
 
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