Intel and Connode team with Reliance on India smart city network

Intel partnershops with Connode, Reliance Energy and Microchip
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Swedish supplier of wireless communication products Connode and semiconductor chipmaker Intel have partnered with India’s Reliance Energy to build a smart city network in Mumbai.

Under the first phase of the project, private-sector utility and construction company Reliance Energy will connect smart meters, streetlights and distribution automation equipment in the city of Mumbai, using Intel’s IoT Gateways and Connode wireless mesh communications solution.

Intel claims that its IoT Gateways are capable of supporting distributed intelligence to handle a large number of sensory nodes, IPv6 mesh wireless networks and other IoT protocols.

According to a joint statment, the smart sustainable city network will mark the first deployment of smart meters in India – fully compliant with the government’s machine-to-machine roadmap.

RR Mehta, CEO of Reliance Energy, said: “By pioneering the 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.”

Addressing IoT security

US based Intel has recently also announced its collaboration with Microchip, a manufacturer of microcontroller, memory and analog semiconductors to enhance IoT privacy and security.

Microchip will license Intel’s Enhanced Privacy ID software for its products.

Bill Swanson, Microchip’s senior product marketing manager, said: “This solves two issues: one being security or authenticating, and the second is being able to have privacy in the data.”

Lorie Wigle, general manager of Internet of Things Security at Intel, said that the Intel-Microchip collaboration will help customers “maintain end-to-end security and privacy in their IoT products and services, which helps them to protect data from device to cloud, minimises unauthorised access of endpoints and gateways, and will promote a common security framework for IoT platforms.”