Fluentgrid’s Actilligence in God’s Own Country

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Fluentgrid scored yet another significant win to setup an Integrated Command, Control and Communication Centre (ICCC) solution for Cochin (aka Kochi) smart city. Fluentgrid is the Master System Integrator for this prestigious project in Kerala; the tourist haven of India, popularly known as God’s Own Country. Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), a public sector aerospace and defence electronics company, is our consortium partner for the project.

Called the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi was an important spice trading centre on the west coast of India, since 14th century. The 440 sq.km. city Kochi metropolitan region is home to about 2.1 million people. Kochi ranks first in the total number of international and domestic tourist arrivals in Kerala. The city was ranked the sixth best tourist destination in India, one of the 28 Indian cities among the emerging 440 global cities that will contribute 50% of the world GDP by the year 2025, the topmost emerging future megacity in India (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kochi).

A year ago, Cochin Smart Mission Limited (CSML) embarked on an ambitious journey towards transformation of its core ICT infrastructure under Smart City guidelines. Cochin Smart City was one among the forerunners that were selected in Indian Smart City Mission’s Top 20 contenders. The August 2018 floods in Kerala delayed the whole process. However, the city turned out to be very resilient and the projects were soon put back on track.

Fluentgrid proposed a well-integrated technical solution on cloud and followed it up with a fully integrated demonstration on site that won appreciation from the project evaluation team and other stakeholders. The smart work and dedication by able team members coupled with experience and business acumen of team leaders helped us win the project.

The project involves setting up an Integrated Command, Control and Communication Centre (ICCC) with complex integrations to various smart elements and applications in the city. GIS and Project Management services along with ICCC build are other key components of the project. Fluentgrid will deploy its popular Actilligence for Cities platform to implement the ICCC solution for Kochi.

Fluentgrid Wins the Best Exhibitor Award in the Second Apex Conference for the CEOs of Smart Cities

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Fluentgrid won the Best Exhibitor award in the Industry category in the second Apex Conference for the CEOs of Smart Cities (ACCSC) at the NDMC Convention Center in New Delhi conducted during Feb 26-28.

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ACCSC is a platform for cities and companies to showcase the achievements under India’s Smart Cities Mission. The conference was attended by the Principal Secretaries of Urban Development Departments from all the States and Union Territories and the CEOs of Smart Cities.

The elite forum chose Fluentgrid to be part of a group of companies with proven credentials of having already worked with one or more cities, as part of the Smart Cities Mission. Demonstrated outcomes through the implementation of projects being one of the selection criteria, Fluentgrid achieved this through its relentless focus on client satisfaction.

ACCSC served as an important platform for representatives from technical and business development teams in Fluentgrid to interact with Smart City CEOs from across the country. This helped in starting fruitful conversations for future business. Interactions with guests centered on our proprietary products such as Fluentgrid Actilligence™ for Smart Cities and Fluentgrid CIS™ & Fluentgrid MDMS™.

Located at stall no. 45, Fluentgrid hosted many dignitaries such as Mr. Naresh Kumar Chairman, New Delhi Municipal Council, and Mr. Hari Narayanan Commissioner, Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation. The Fluentgrid team also interacted with many smart city teams including representatives from Amaravati, Diu, Guwahati, Lucknow, Port Blair, and Ujjain.

Fluetngrid is Participating in India Smart Utility Week 2019

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Fluentgrid developed Lucknow Smart City’s Citizen Portal launched on UP Diwas

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The Lucknow Smart City’s Citizen Portal, developed by Fluentgrid, has been launched on 24th January 2019 at UP Diwas celebrations in Lucknow, where the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath also launched the Lucknow Smart City initiative’s logo. Starting this year, the Uttar Pradesh (UP) state government decided to celebrate UP Diwas (UP State Formation Day) on January 24 every year. UP state was formed in 1950.

Launched on the 70th anniversary of the foundation of Uttar Pradesh, the citizen portal marks an important milestone in enhancing online accessibility of citizen services and continuous engagement with citizens for participatory governance. The portal is currently in beta version and will be further enhanced through continued dialogue with the state government and citizens.

Lucknow Smart City Limited, the special purpose vehicle formed by Lucknow Municipal Corporation entrusted Fluentgrid to implement an integrated command control and communications center (ICCC) along with GIS mapping, environmental sensors and variable messaging displays. Fluentgrid is deploying its Actilligence platform for cities along with partner solutions to bring up the ICCC center which will be integrated with the citizen portal.

Fluentgrid’s cloud based billing solution for UP DISCOMs is now a case study under UDAY Scheme

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The cloud hosted billing and customer care solution for UP DISCOMs, implemented by Fluentgrid using its own CIS product suite, has now become a case study under the UDAY Scheme of Government of India. The case study published on the UDAY website (Read it here: https://www.uday.gov.in/cs/c1 ) details about how the cloud solution helped achieve 5.89% reduction in AT&C losses due to increased billing and collection efficiency.

According to the case study, users of the solution implemented by Fluentgrid feel that the cloud-based system is user-friendly and easy to adopt. They also share that the system is easy to learn and enables them to undertake the following more effectively – Bill generation, collection, bill revision, permanent disconnection, allocating a new connection, and meter replacement.

This project is unique as it is a zero CAPEX project that does not involve any upfront investment on IT & Communications infrastructure or software licenses or implementation costs. The DISCOMs only pay a monthly fee per consumer as long as they use the cloud solution that comes with stringent SLAs. Zero CAPEX IT projects on Pay-as-you-go model are a boon for cash strapped DISCOMs to achieve a turnaround without new investments.

The project had also set implementation benchmarks for CIS projects of this nature with each DISCOM going live in just about 6-8 months and the overall implementation for all four DISCOMs going live in 11 months flat. At the time of going live, total consumer base was about 12 million which has now crossed 17 million mark due to rapid electrification in the state. The UPPCL cloud solution thus becomes the world’s largest such utility CIS solution delivered on 100% OPEX model.

The project also stood a winner in DCD Awards India and APAC rounds and became the global finalist in the category Cloud Migration of the Year 2018. DCD Awards are considered the Oscars of data center industry. Fluentgrid’s CIS suite is positioned on the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Utilities Customer Information Systems for the sixth consecutive year since 2013.

Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) is the power transmission and distribution utility of the largest state in India. Fluentgrid’s cloud hosted utility solutions was implemented for 4 of its 5 DISCOMs – DVVNL, MVVNL, PVVNL, and PuVVNL. This project was implemented to cover the rural consumers under Non-RAPDRP regions of these DISCOMs under Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) of Government of India.

The Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) scheme launched by Government of India aims to achieve financial turnaround of Indian state-run power utilities through operational improvements, reduction of losses, energy efficiency, etc., We feel elated that the UDAY administration selected our UPPCL cloud solution on OPEX model as a case study for other DISCOMs in the country.