Norway-based provider of RF modules for advanced metering infrastructure Radiocrafts AS has been awarded two major contracts in the Indian smart metering market.
Radiocrafts and Norwegian software development company Tiny Mesh AS will deliver the combined wireless meter reading solution to two leading electricity meter manufacturers in India.
In a statement, Radiocrafts explains that the system is a multi-hop, self-configuring and self-healing mesh networking protocol that is integrated in a compact RF module measuring 12.7 x 25.4 mm.
"By adding this module to the utility meter, a two-way radio link is established to cover all utility meters in an area, at minimal cost," the company said.
Tiny Mesh supplies mesh radio protocols and cloud services to allow for cloud-based data storage.
RF expansion into India
Commenting on the win, Hallvard Moholdt, technical solution manager at Radiocrafts, said: "This is a great reward after many years presence and hard work in the Indian market. The Tiny Mesh protocol has become a de-facto standard for enabling smart meters in India.
"This will also help us to enter new geographies and market segments where RF mesh networks are the optimum solution."
The RF module design and manufacturing company has deployed more than 300,000 units in India in the past few years, with this number to be doubled with the new contracts. The solution has proven successful in smart metering and street lighting applications in India.
Peder Martin Evjen, managing director of Radiocrafts, concluded: "These new contracts confirm Radiocrafts' and Tiny Mesh's position in the large and competitive smart metering market for wireless collection of utility meter data."
India smart grid roadmap
In September 2013, Power Minister Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia released Smart Grid Vision and Roadmap for India, which has the goal to "transform the Indian power sector into a secure, adaptive, sustainable and digitally enabled ecosystem that provides reliable and quality energy for all with active participation of stakeholders."
The 2012-2027 roadmap includes mass smart grid deployments broken into increments of five years including nationwide AMI rollout for customers, total renewable integration of 80GW, EV charging infrastructure, development of microgrids and smart cities.