Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Intel helps Mumbai in smart meter roll out

Steve Rogerson
September 23, 2015
 
Intel, Swedish company Connode and Indian utility Reliance Energy are collaborating to turn Mumbai into a smart city starting with a smart meter roll out.
 
In the first phase, Reliance will connect the smart meters, streetlights and distribution automation equipment in Mumbai, using Intel IoT gateways and the Connode 4 IPv6 based wireless mesh system. This will be the first roll out in India of smart meters fully compliant to the communication standards recently adopted in the M2M roadmap by the government of India.
 
“Reliance Energy, which is at the forefront of adopting world-class technologies to efficiently serve its customers, is pleased to partner with Connode and Intel for implementing communications technology for our smart grid,” said RR Mehta, CEO of Reliance Energy. “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.”
 
The system features Intel technology for high-performance IoT smart city gateways, capable of supporting distributed intelligence and with the ability to handle a large number of connected nodes, both IPv6 mesh and other IoT protocols.
 
“Smart sustainable cities is one of the focus areas for Intel as part of the larger internet of things space,” said Jonathan Ballon, vice president of IoT market acceleration at Intel. “We are excited to work with Reliance and Connode to provide Intel IoT gateways for one of the most interesting and growing smart city markets in the world.”
 
Connode 4 is a software platform for the IoT, featuring an IPv6-based communications architecture and scalable to millions of devices. Its horizontal architecture provides seamless IP-based interoperability and global standardisation to a utility sector that has been characterised by vertical industry-specific protocols and vendor lock-in.
 
“India has become one of our key markets and 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. “This partnership with Reliance gives the best possible start for our Indian venture. Connode’s IPv6 mesh technology together with Intel IoT gateways and embedded security will provide highly flexible and cost-effective total communications that will be easy to deploy and efficient to operate. It will provide a unified, horizontal communications infrastructure for multiple applications, which can grow in functionality as the market develops, in our coming smart grid and smart city programmes. Connode is one of the very few companies globally with a unique combination of advanced IoT technology and long practical experience from smart metering, combined with impressive references.”
 
Reliance Energy, a power distribution arm of Reliance Infrastructure, distributes over seven billion units of electricity per annum to its 2.9 million consumers spread across 400 square kilometres in Mumbai suburbs and surrounding areas. It meets its electricity demand of 1800MVA with 99.97 per cent reliability.