Deal watch: Cyan and Essel retrofit meters to make ‘smart’

Posted by: Metering International

June 18, 2014

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UK software company Cyan Holdings has won a tender with Indian integrated power and water company Essel Utilities to deploy its retrofit CyLec advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution as part of a consortium with Aquameas Instruments, a local manufacturer of water and electricity meters.

Under the agreement, Aquameas will manufacture and supply 5,000 retrofit modules, each containing Cyan’s CyLec 865MHz RF device.

Cyan will supply the additional hardware and software required for an AMI deployment at Essel, including Cyan data concentrator units, custom antennas, head-end server software licenses and onsite software implementation services.

The 5,000 retrofit modules are expected to be fitted to Genus, Landis & Gyr, HPL and Larsen & Toubro consumer meters in the city of Muzaffarpur in the Indian state of Bihar during the last quarter of this year and the first quarter of 2015.

The module is a small self-contained box that connects to an installed static meter via an existing communications interface on the meter.

In Brazil

Cyan started a CyLec smart metering pilot earlier this year with its metering partner in Brazil, Nobre. [Read - Brazil retrofits electricity meters to make smart].

The pilot was based on the Cyan retrofit solution, which is designed to provide smart metering functionality to existing static electricity meters in Brazil.

The retrofit device deployed in the pilot supports meters with the PIMA protocol supplied by manufacturers operating in the Brazilian market, such as Itron, Electra, Nansen, Landis & Gyr, Elster and ELO.

João Nelson C de la Torre, executive director, Nobre, said: “There is significant demand for cost-effective smart metering solutions in Brazil and we are pleased with the results of the Cyan technology in the first pilot.

He added: “With the retrofit solution, we are able to offer a different approach to other smart metering technologies available in South America and we remain confident that we can offer a compelling proposition that will allow us to be one of the largest AMI providers in Brazil.”

A second pilot using the retrofit unit has been requested to demonstrate that the consumer’s power supply can be remotely connected and disconnected without having to send utility staff on site, in the event of non-payment and to also prevent fraud.

Based on a Brazilian utility request, an additional retrofit solution is also under development that will allow connection to several meters through a single radio module as many meters in the country are locked inside secure cabinets.

Cyan, based in Cambridge, confirmed that a further pilot with a second Brazilian utility is currently planned.

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