Tata Communications and Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) will work together to deploy 5,000 smart gas meters in Mumbai. According to Rajeev Mathur, managing director of Mahanagar Gas Limited, “Smart meters connected to Tata Communications’ IoT network will enable households and businesses to access insights on their gas usage in real-time using an interactive online dashboard.” The technology will enable MGL to enhance operational efficiencies. MGL’s new smart meters will be equipped with connectivity provided by Tata Communications’ public Internet of Things (IoT) network. Tata Communications says that this infrastructure is based on an ultra-low-power, long-range LoRaWANTM network, which enables MGL to simultaneously monitor thousands of smart meters. It means that its customers won’t have to manually check their gas meter readings – instead the smart system will automatically track their gas usage. MGL says that with the new meters, it wants to aid its customers better understand their energy use, save money and reduce their carbon footprint. In a press release, Tata Communications estimates that there will be around 130 million smart meters across India in the next three years. This it says, it on the back of an expected growth in the market—from around US$ 1.59 billion in 2016 to $ 2.27 billion by 2021. “Our recent India-wide research found that the home is where people expect IoT to make a big difference, with over 90% of people surveyed saying that they would like to use IoT to monitor their home appliances remotely in real-time, for example,” says VS…
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