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Lodha Group’s Palava Smart City ranked India’s No. 1 by JLL

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Lodha Group’s Palava has been ranked India’s No. 1 City to Live In by Jones Lang LaSalle.

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The Lodha Group’s Palava has been named as India’s No.1 emerging city by Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL) proprietary research report “Livability Quotient – A Paradigm Shift in India’s Emerging Cities”. The report studied the performance of as many as 10 emerging cities and towns before coming to the conclusion.

Fluentgrid is proud to be partnering with Lodha Palava group for Smart City Solutions.

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Click here to read our case study on Lodha Palava.

Vizag’s first women Hackathon on Smart City, supported by Fluentgrid

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Girls in Tech Foundation, a Non Governmental Organization  in association with Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and US Embassy, Hyderabad organised the first all women ‘She Builds Tech – Smart City Hackathon’ in Vizag, spanning two days, 19-20 August, 2017. The event was held at Green Park Hotel and was supported by Fluentgrid, IBM, Bayer India and Wave Labs with major focus on collaborative governance, improved accessibility to physical infrastructure, eco-friendly solutions for smart city and Tech Nari – empowering women in technology.

Fluentgrid, one of the sponsors of the event, assisted Girls in Tech Foundation through its Corporate Social Value (CSV) division. On this occasion Mrs. Vani Gannamani, Director, CSV remarked that Fluentgrid believes in impactful technology that reaches every nook and corner, and for the right impact of technology, it is noteworthy to support initiatives like the Smart City Hackathon.

300 students from some of the top universities of AP and Telangana took part in the event. The participants were motivated to build solutions with inputs from corporate mentors. The teams went thorough idea generation session, planning session, coding session and then their final work was brought to the panel of jury on Sunday. Mentors from Fluentgrid limited guided a team from Y S R Engineering College of Yogi Vemana University from Proddatur. ‘Nano Sol’ – a solar energy harnessing paint, a water grid solution, geo fencing, ‘Intelligent Ambi’ – a smart ambulance service and ‘Tour Gel’ were among the winning solutions.

During the inaugural function, the Chief Guest Mr. Y. Sujana Chowdary, Minister of state for Science and Technology & Earth sciences said that Women entrepreneurs should be encouraged to use technology solutions for driving the nation forward.

US Consul General meets CII industry leaders in Visakhapatnam

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An interactive luncheon meeting was hosted by Fluentgrid in honour of the US Consul General – Ms.Katherine B. Hadda and her team comprising of Mr.Donald F Mulligan – US Consular Chief, Mr.Geoffrey Chin – Political and Economic Associate and Ms.Annette D’Silva -U.S.Commercial Assistant, during their visit to Visakhkapatnam on the 28th July 2017 at Varun Beach Novotel.

CII Industry leaders pose with US Consul General – Ms.Katherine B. Hadda in Visakhapatnam on 28th July 2017

CII Industry leaders pose with US Consul General – Ms.Katherine B. Hadda in Visakhapatnam on 28th July 2017

Mr.Murali Krishna Gannamani, MD & CEO, Fluentgrid Ltd. welcomed all the guests and gave a brief of the historical background of the beautiful city of Visakhapatnam and how it has transformed from a small fisherman’s village to emerging as one of the major industrial hub with major Public Sector Undertakings, having a strategic naval base and is now the IT destination for the Sunrise State of Andhra Pradesh which is presently ranked No-1 state in “Ease of Doing Business”. He said that Visakhapatnam, endowed with it’s natural beauty, is becoming a major tourist destination. In light of the above and the huge local talent pool, the region looks forward to huge investments from US companies in different sectors for a mutually rewarding and long term association.

Ms.Katherine B. Hadda, US Consul General, Hyderabad thanked all the leaders for coming and thanked Fluentgrid for hosting the luncheon meeting. She mentioned that her meeting with the Visakhapatnam Port Chairman was good and that the Chairman is open to exploring better technological solutions from US for controlling the dust pollution in the Vizag port zone. She appreciated the beauty of Vizag and mentioned that Vizag seems to show promise in many industries and that US Consulate at Hyderabad will help companies and introduce wherever possible to any investment and partnership opportunities across different sectors. She encouraged the industry leaders to communicate with the US Consulate on any issues faced or any help required. Ms.Katherine also mentioned that the US Government through US Trade and Development Agency(USTDA) is funding for drawing up the master plan for three smart cities in India and that includes Visakhapatnam and for which a consortium of three US Companies was formed i.e. AECOM, KPMG and IBM. She answered few questions from some industry leaders and all the team members interacted with the industry leaders during lunch.

Impact: Transforming lives in Afghanistan

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Background

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), the Afghan utility company relies on imports from neighbouring countries to meet 3/4th of its electricity needs and yet lights up only about a quarter of nation’s households. DABS has 2 about million consumers in the country.

The capital city Kabul with 2 million population now receives power 24 hours a day. USAID’s commercialization program has helped put DABS on a self-sustaining path aided by our mPower software implementations and consulting assignments.

Business Issues

  • Legacy billing system implemented in isolation without established commercial business processes
  • Very high distribution losses arising from unaccounted/ unmetered consumers, rampant power theft and poor collection efficiency
  • Non-existence of customer care processes.
  • Very low computerization and computer literacy.
  • Near absence of asset and maintenance management processes and best practices

Solution Delivered

Commercial business processes were drafted and implemented with baseline data. Legacy billing system was replaced with Fluentgrid CIS based billing system followed by automation of other commercial processes like new service release, disconnection/reconnection, revenue accounting, customer care, call center and self-service. All banks and public kiosks have been integrated to accept bill payments and mHawala mobile payments system was rolled out in association with Etisalat.

A business intelligence system was deployed in a centralized data center with ad-hoc reporting capability and visibility through executive dashboards. O&M capacity building was followed by CMMS implementation. Corporate management support program was followed by ERP implementation.

Benefits

  • System losses dropped from 70% in 2002 to 30% in 2014. Revenues increased by 15% every quarter since 2009.
  • Collection rates increased from less than 50% in 2002 to more than 90% in 2014
  • Better customer service through single window customer service centers and centralized call center
  • Corporatization and capacity building across all departments with improved computer literacy

Summary

DABS collected $220 million from the sale of electricity in 2012, an increase of 67 percent from 2010. During USAID’s commercialization project in Kabul from 2009 to 2012, DABS increased cash collections [for electricity bills] by 60 percent, decreased commercial losses from 50 to 38 percent, and increased cost recovery by 20 percent. Mobile payments system mHawala with Etisalat went live in 2013 with 100,000 registered consumers.

The commercialization program is now extended to five more provinces and plans are afoot to eventually roll out across the country in phases.

Sources:

https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/linked-documents/47282-001-dc.pdf

https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/frontlines/energy-infrastructure/powering-afghanistan

Impact: Lodha Palava Smart Prepaid Metering Solution

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Background

Lodha Group envisioned its Palava City, near Mumbai, to be the largest ever private green field smart city in urban India, and one of the top 50 places to live in the world by 2020. The 18 Sq. Km. mixed use integrated city project, when completed,  is expected to house about 125,000 residences apart from office and commercial space.

Photo Courtesy: www.palava.in

Photo Courtesy: www.palava.in

Business Issues

Palava City has entered into a distribution franchisee agreement with the local utility MSEDCL to secure near uninterrupted and stable power supply in the long term. The franchisee will manage collection of electricity charges and maintenance of electrical infrastructure in Palava. In this regard, Palava City intends to:

  • Reduce the operational hassles of meter reading and posting to MSEDCL
  • Eliminate the risk of energy bill collection on behalf of local utility MSEDCL
  • Maximize convenience to Palava City residents
  • Help residents in efficient energy usage

Solution Delivered

A new concept in prepaid metering system termed as “Smart Prepaid Metering” was developed and provided to fulfill the business requirements of Lodha’s Palava City. Smart Prepaid system allows its consumers to opt-in/out for prepaid billing as and when required without changing the metering infrastructure.

Our solution offering includes smart grid elements such as smart meters, head-end system, central data server with MDMS and UHES, consumer portal and integration with other applications at Palava City including command centre, resident portal and the back office system.

Benefits

  • Unique solution in the industry enabling consumer to switch between prepaid and post-paid billing without changing metering infrastructure
  • Ensure accurate meter readings scheduled and on-demand
  • Better cash flow to utilities with payments collected in advance
  • Help consumers avoid wastage and reduce energy usage
  • Availability of smart meter data for Lodha /MSEDCL to monitor consumption patterns and respond to outages far more quickly