UK metering software maker Cyan has signed a deal with US smart grid company GridSense to offer anti-tampering solutions to India and other emerging regions, the latest in a series of agreements for Cyan in the Indian market.
Aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses, including technical losses in transmission and distribution as well as commercial losses caused by low metering efficiency and theft, are a particular problem in India and other emerging regions. GridSense and Cyan will deliver smart grid solutions that allow utilities to accurately detect tampering with energy distribution and consumption, tracking from the distribution transformer stage through to the meter in the consumer’s home.
The two companies will offer a combination of Cyan’s smart metering platform, CyLec, that provides bi-directional communication between the customers’ meter and the utility, enabling fault detection and tamper alerts, and GridSense’s TransformerIQ that monitors potential distribution transformer failure modes and detects early warning signs including asset deterioration and illegal activity.
John Cronin, executive chairman at Cyan, commented, “We are pleased to be partnering with GridSense to provide smart grid solutions to improve revenue protection for utilities in India and other emerging regions. The partnership with GridSense will allow us to extend this capability further into emerging markets, offering a complete solution for revenue assurance from the distribution transformer all the way down to the meter.”
Brett Sargent, President & COO at GridSense, commented, “GridSense has developed a range of offerings that address all the critical points along the electricity delivery system, by integrating advanced sensing and measurement capabilities with remote communications and computing technologies.”
Strategic move into India
The deal is the latest in a string of strategic partnerships by Cyan to boost growth into India and other developing countries.
In July, Metering.com reported that the company had teamed with El Sewedy to tender for a number of smart metering projects in the south Asian country using CyLec integrated with El Sewedy’s single-phase smart meters.
The group has also hooked up with Vodafone’s machine-to-machine team to address the smart metering market in India.