Tata Power deploys first NB-IoT smart meters in Delhi

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Tata Power-DDL has launched India’s first smart meter deployment with Narrow Band-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) communications.

With the initiative, Tata Power Delhi Distribution is at the forefront of technology, with NB-IoT set to future-proof smart metering as data volumes grow.

So far Tata Power-DDL has deployed 230,000 smart meters with RF technology.

NB-IoT is a new technology that is both 4G and 5G compatible offering a dedicated channel for the smart metering and avoiding any reduction in performance from interference or obstruction due to congestion on the public network.

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It also will enable an increased number of remote meter readings.

“The introduction of new NB-IoT in smart meters is a revolutionising technology,” comments Ganesh Srinivasan, CEO of Tata Power-DDL.

“I believe, this unique technology integration will not only strengthen our credentials as a Utility of the Future but also take the Indian smart metering programme to the next level.”

The technology integration has been done in partnership with meter manufacturers, with interoperability achieved at the meter data management level, and the NB-IoT service of the Reliance Jio network.

Reliance Jio’s NB-IoT network has been implemented in partnership with Samsung. According to a January 2021 report in the Indian press, Jio had conducted pilots with several electricity distribution companies and was working with top meter manufacturers to integrate the technology.

The provider also was reported to be looking to tap into the smart city space with its smart lighting.

Tata Power-DDL serves a populace of 7 million in north and northwest Delhi.

India’s national smart metering programme envisions the installation of 250 million smart meters to replace conventional meters. So far a little over 1.3 million smart meters have been installed in the programme in Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi, Haryana and Bihar.