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16 April, 2015 - 12:01 By Kate Sweeney

Tata Power 100 per cent behind Cyan smart metering

John Cronin of Cambridge smart metering business Cyan

Cambridge smart metering business Cyan has revealed a 100 per cent success rate with technology provided to Indian industrial heavyweight Tata Power.

The UK company has successfully deployed what the directors believe is the first 865MHz advanced metering Infrastructure (AMI) commercial volume project in India.

It is the culmination of an alliance triggered in July 2014 when Cyan received an order from Larsen & Toubro to provide a complete technology solution to Tata Power Mumbai. The deal included a suite of technology plus onsite software installation services and an annual software maintenance contract. 

The initial contract with Tata Power was for the deployment of 5,000 consumer meters in a district in Mumbai and around 4,000 meters are now live with the remainder expected to be completed before the end of Q2 2015. 

The Cyan RF modules were installed inside the L&T smart meters that have been deployed by Tata Power. The smart meters, integrated with Tata Power’s control centre, are now providing data to generate customer bills, real-time information on outages and other factors related to the quality of power.

Cyan’s AMI platform supports fully automated, accurate billing for Tata Power. On the last billing cycle, Tata Power achieved 100 per cent success rate in communicating meter readings from the CyLec-enabled meters to their consumer billing system. The AMI platform enables Tata Power to manage grid emergencies with increased efficiency, improving the reliability of the customer’s power supply and optimising peak power demand management.

Tata Power Mumbai is a Tata group company and part of India’s largest integrated power company with a significant international presence and over 500,000 retail customers in Mumbai.

John Cronin (above), executive chairman of Cyan, said: “I am pleased to update our customers, partners and shareholders with the news that the first volume rollout of Cyan smart metering technology has been a success. The fact that Tata Power was able to achieve a 100 per cent success rate in communicating meter reading data to their billing systems is testament to the reliability of the Cyan sub-GHz radio mesh solution resulting from over 200 man-years of development by our team in Cambridge. 

“The success of this project confirms Cyan’s leadership position in providing smart metering solutions to address the pressing power issues faced by both utilities and end consumers in India. As Tata Power is viewed as a leader in the generation and transmission of electricity, the success of this project will act as an important reference for other utilities evaluating smart metering technologies across India as well as for our customers in other regions around the world.”

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