Airtel supports Indian smart meter rollout

Airtel supports Indian smart meter rollout

Airtel Business, the B2B arm of Indian service provider Bharti Airtel, has announced that it will power over 20 million smart meters for Adani Energy Solutions Limited (AESL), the largest private sector power transmission company in India.

Airtel says that through its robust nationwide communications network it will deliver reliable and secure connectivity for all AESL’s smart meter deployments. In addition, Airtel’s smart metering solutions, powered by NB-IoT, 4G and 2G, will help AESL to ensure real-time connectivity and uninterrupted transfer of critical data between smart meters and headend applications.

The solution will also come powered with Airtel’s IoT platform – Airtel IoT Hub – which enables smart meter tracking and monitoring with advanced analytics and diagnostic capabilities, in addition to real-time insights and services that empower customers with enhanced control over their energy consumption.

Adani Energy Solutions  says it has an order book of over 20 million smart meters from the power utilities of Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand.

The deal could also offer useful support for government-level initiatives such as the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme and the Smart Meter National Programme.

Ganesh Lakshminarayanan, CEO, Airtel Business (India), says: “India’s smart metering programme is one of the most significant policy reform measures undertaken by the government. These meters are critical building blocks for smart grids and fundamental enablers for the digitalisation of the power sector.”

Kandarp Patel, CEO, Adani Energy Solutions Ltd, adds: “Our partnership with Airtel marks a critical step towards realising the vision of a smarter, more efficient grid for all.”

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