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 Shridhar, senior vice president and head for Internet of Things, Tata Communications.

Tata Communications has rolled out the LoRaWANTM network in 38 cities and plans to build the “foundation for IoT in India”, spanning nearly 2,000 communities and touching over 400 million people.

In its recommendation for the national telecom policy, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) put emphasis on developing a Internet of Things (IoT) network that would be key in fueling the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. For this, it suggested coordinating with stakeholders relating to agriculture, smart cities, intelligent transport networks, multimodal logistics, smart electricity meter, consumer durables to develop a market for these services.