Vodafone Idea Business Services (VIBS), the enterprise arm of Indian telco Vodafone Idea Ltd, is partnering with Genus Power Infra to establish commercial scale POC (Proof of Concept) of NB-IoT networks.
Advanced trials are being conducted at Genus’s R&D facility at Jaipur, Rajasthan around one of the most promising use of NB-IoT - AMI (Automatic Metering Infrastructure). These intensive trials could bring in the age of massive IoT deployments in India and also promise to take ahead the government’s mission of Digital India & Make in India initiatives.
“Narrowband IoT is the next growth engine in the IoT space which allows greater network coverage, improved battery life of 10 years plus for devices, and the ability to slice and partition the network for specific use case, to make massive IoT deployments commercially viable for enterprises across verticals” commented Nick Gliddon, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Vodafone Idea.
“We are excited to partner with Genus Power Infra, a leader in energy meter manufacturing and look forward to bring alive more exciting deployments and projects which will help build a better digital enabled India and make truly smart cities a reality soon. With the power of NB-IoT, we look forward to bringing digital transformation in the fields of agriculture, healthcare, utilities (energy, water and gas distribution) and smart city applications”
”As a leader in the smart metering industry, we are very pleased to be the first in India to conduct advanced trials of NB-IoT enabled meters in partnership with Vodafone Idea Business Services, a global leader in IoT, “ added Jitendra Kumar Agarwal, Joint Managing Director, Genus Power Infra.
“Genus has conducted NB-IoT trials globally and has been a part of the digitisation and power reforms phase in India. We are committed to supply smart and sustainable solutions to the power sector in the country.”
Vodafone Plc has earlier launched NB-IoT networks in a number of markets, with 74 million plus connections and network and services platform supporting a wide range of business-critical applications.