Indian utility to expand smart meter rollout with 350k order


Indian state utility Madhya Pradesh Paschim Kshetra Vidyut Vitaran Company Ltd (MPWZ) has ordered some 350,000 Omnimesh modules from UK firm CyanConnode.

The orders were made via M.P. Smart Grid Private Limited, which is the project special purpose vehicle formed by India Power Corporation Ltd.

The modules will be deployed under the utility’s smart metering programme in the towns of Ujjain, Dewas, Ratlam, Mhow and Khargone. 

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The order follows MPWZ previously partnering with CyanConnode for the provision of 120,000 modules in two transactions.

This means MPWZ will have a total of 470,000 CyanConnode modules as part of efforts to improve services for its 3 million customers.

Under the order, CyanConnode will supply Omnimesh RF Mesh and cellular communications modules, gateways, head-end software (HES) and associated services, together with an annual maintenance contract for five years.

This is the first Indian order where the Omnimesh HES will be deployed to communicate with both RF Mesh and Cellular enabled smart-meters.

The smart meters, which are being supplied by existing partners, will be deployed over thirty months, with initial deliveries commencing in the third quarter of 2020.

Anil Daulani, CyanConnode India CEO, said: “With real time data flow from each smart-meter, we have proved that Omnimesh provides reliable and robust 24-7 communication. From the initial deployment of 120,000 Omnimesh enabled smart meters, MPWZ has benefitted from significant improvements and, based on the success of the Indore city deployment, we are very confident that we will secure further orders for Omnimesh.”