In India, electric utility, Dakshinanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (DVVNL) has announced plans to install 30.000 smart meters in residential metering points in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh’s Agra city.
According to a local publication, DVVNL will install the smart meters in households whose power consumption is above 10kW.
Commenting on the plan, Atul Nigam, DVVNL's chief engineer said, "Instead of going to each house to read the meter, DVVNL officials can now make a missed call to record electricity consumption."
Mr Nigam added, "The modem will have a mobile sim card directly connected to the server, where bills will be generated. Modem will store daily power consumption of the consumers."
To date, the utility has installed 2.000 smart meters in houses consuming above 25KW, reported The Times of India City.
Smart meters in India
Once implemented, the plan will mark an increase in installations of smart meters in Uttar Pradesh.
In early November, UK utility metering and lighting company Cyan announced that it won a GBP500,000 contract to supply its smart metering solution to Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam (PVVNL) in a bid to implement regular and accurate billing as well as improve outage management
Cyan reported that it secured a purchase order from a local Indian partner - Enzen Global Solutions - to deliver its CyLec smart metering solution including 13.751 smart meters with associated hardware and software.
Cyan, an AIM-listed company, said in a statement that it will provide head end software as a managed service charged yearly per meter, initially providing a recurring revenue stream for two years after deployment, with an expectation to continue following the initial period.
The deal includes Cyan integrating its head end software with Enzen’s meter data management and data analytics system to provide billing information to the utility’s R-APDRP application.
PVVNL, which distributes power to more than 3.5 million consumers, will stagger the rollout with the first phase expected to be installed and commissioned in the first half of 2016, and with all the meters deployed and commissioned before the end of 2016.