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Tata Communications partners with Mahanagar Gas to set up IoT network for smart meters

There will soon be 5000 smart gas meters that will use Tata’s IoT networking to allow users to monitor real-time gas usage.

Indian Telecom operator Tata Communications announced on Tuesday that it’s partnering with Mahanagar Gas Limited to install 5,000 smart gas meters in Mumbai. The move will see Tata Communications’s IoT network connect to MGL’s smart gas meters allowing business and household users to monitor their gas usage and thus improve the efficiency in operations for the gas company.

With the latest Internet of Things solutions, MGL will be able to monitor and identify problems in over thousands of gas meters, check individual reading and track its usage using the enhanced long-range LoRaWAN technology. Tata has already pushed similar ultra-low-power network services to several other communities in over 38 cities across the country. The telecom operator revealed that more and more Indians desired to make use of IoT to keep a check on their home appliances on a regular basis.

In a media statement, Tata Communications said: “As the global smart gas meter market is set to grow from around USD 1.59 billion in 2016 to USD 2.27 billion by 2021, it is expected that there will be around 130 million smart meters across India in the next three years.”

Mahanagar Gas Limited MD, Rajeev Mathur said “We want to help our customers better understand their energy use, save money and reduce their carbon footprint – while improving our own operational efficiencies. 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.”

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