Vietnamese utility completes rollout of IoT comms network

In Vietnam, the Ho Chi Minh Power Corporation completed the rollout of a smart city communications platform under a pilot project with Trilliant.

The smart city communications platform was developed and installed by IoT solutions provider Trilliant Networks.

In a combined statement, EVNHCMC said it will use the RF network to improve the efficiency and reliability of its grid network.

The smart city communications platform will provide connectivity for the utility’s automated metering infrastructure and help the energy provider improve its revenue generation and collection.

EVNHCMC started testing the smart city communications platform in May 2016. The solutions provider claims its technology will help the Vietnam utility improve large-scale-integration of renewable energy resources with its grid network, provide its customers with affordable energy and improve its customer services.

In addition, the smart city communications platform will enable the energy provider to improve its workforce management and energy efficiency for its customers.

The implementation of the pilot falls under efforts by Vietnam to help distribution firms stabilise their grid networks amid the country’s growing energy demand by 8% per annum.

The rollout of the RF network is claimed to be the first in Vietnam. EVNHCMC said it plans to use the network for real-time control and monitoring of some smart streetlights to be deployed in near future.

Bryan Spear, managing director of Trilliant in the Asia-Pacific region, said: “In a region where the significant population and GDP growth are creating unique and pressing challenges, Vietnam is among the first to take a tangible step towards addressing those challenges.

“Vietnam is not only planning to address critical challenges for the future, this project shows they are taking action, with one of the first true smart city demonstration projects in the region now a reality.”

Adoption of smart city communications platform

The news follows an announcement made by Trilliant in the fourth quarter of 2016 of the status of its smart meter rollout project in partnership with UK utility firm, British Gas.

Trilliant said it has so far connected 4.2 million smart meter devices for British Gas and its customers.

Andy White, CEO of Trilliant, said:  “The milestone effectively demonstrates the benefits that energy retailers and their customers can gain from an investment in advanced metering paired with clear motivation to change energy use patterns.” Read more…


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.