Fluentgrid empowers City Command Center for Smart Vizag

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As a first step to revitalizing Vizag into a smarter and more sustainable city, Fluentgrid Limited (Formerly Phoenix IT Solutions Ltd.) helped Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) set up and launch a state-of-the-art centralized City Command Center. Connecting together for the first time, multiple vital city-level services and providers onto a single platform, the City Command Center will immediately usher in smarter and more efficient governance capabilities for GVMC, helping lay the foundation for implementing the city’s smart city agenda.

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Hon’able Chief Minister of AP Sri N. Chandra Babu Naidu launching the Command Center along with our CEO Murali Krishna Gannamani

Hon’able Chief Minister of AP Sri N. Chandra Babu Naidu launched the Command Center on 25 June, 2016 at a special event in Vizag. This command center work was launched by Mr. S. P. Tucker, IAS (Chief Secretary, Government of AP) in April 2016 and our team has worked with the GVMC team to design and prototype the dashboards.

The launch of the command center indicates a large transformation initiative that will soon enable far-reaching benefits to the community as well as general improvement in city services. With the inclusion of smart street lighting dashboards, air quality monitoring, integration of the Water SCADA system for reservoir and city water distribution systems, more centralized solid waste monitoring capabilities, tools for revenue assurance and enhanced city surveillance, green maps for urban forestry monitoring and beach safety amongst others, the City Command Centre truly begins the journey in smarter city Governance. Earlier last year, the Indian government signed agreements with the Obama administration to include Vizag as one amongst the three cities that will be developed as smart cities in collaboration with various US government agencies. Building on this momentum, Vizag also ranked 8 in the 100 Smart Cities Challenge of India. It has an overwhelming 1.5 million citizens contributing to the Smart City plans to identify various city-level services and issues that they primarily wanted to be addressed for them. Fluentgrid played a key role in acting as a catalyst to increase broader citizen participation.

City Command Center leverages our time-tested mPower™ Product Suite and displays an executive dashboard with KPIs to monitor various department-level dashboards by analyzing data and AV streams emerging from a wide variety of systems. This data is analyzed and correlated with data coming from other departments to identify abnormal events, patterns and exceptions to alert the concerned for further action. Any disruption in a city service or process can be reported as an incident which must be resolved as per SLAs. Furthermore, any personnel from any department will be able to raise incidents through the system. Vizag city is now mPowered by our Command Center Platform which is a significant step towards a smarter city.

Congratulations to our Smart Cities Solutioning team for successfully piloting the “City Command Center for Vizag Smart City.

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Sri Pravin Kumar, IAS GVMC Commissioner thanking the team with our CEO, Murali Krishna Gannamani.

Media CoverageThe Hindu, The Times of India, Deccan Chronicle, The New Sunday Express, Andhra Jyothy.

Write to us at smartcities@fluentgrid.com to request for a case study.

Phoenix IT Solutions Ltd is now Fluentgrid Limited

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We at Phoenix IT Solutions Ltd have been working with our partners in delivering our mPower™  based ICT solutions to our customers in energy & utilities and smart cities industry segments. We recently celebrated our 15th anniversary and we take this opportunity to thank our customers and partners who have supported us all along this journey.

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Over the years, we extended our products and solution portfolio from CIS and CRM to smart metering, smart grids, enterprise solutions and now into smart cities. We also expanded our presence across multiple regions globally with offices in Asia, Middle East and USA. However, we are committed to focus on energy and utilities sector solutions, even in smart cities, and will continue do so with renewed vigour and thrust embracing new technology developments.

As a true reflection of our continued focus on energy and utilities products and solutions and our expanding reach to global markets, we decided to change our company name from Phoenix IT Solutions Limited to Fluentgrid Limited. The name Fluentgrid signifies smooth flow of utility services like power, water, gas, street lighting, sewage, solid waste, etc., through a network of intelligent grids.

We take this opportunity to assure that there is no other significant change except the change in our name. The new entity Fluentgrid Limited still continues to be under the same ownership and management structure with renewed focus on energy and utilities sector and we are committed to provide the same world class products, solutions and support services, on which we have built our reputation in the industry. Similarly all the current contracts and agreements remain unchanged.

Murali Krishna Gannamani
Managing Director & CEO

Media Coverage

FICCI to host Afghanistan and India renewable energy summit

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New Delhi : The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) will be organising an Afghanistan-India Renewable Energy Summit in collaboration with the Afghanistan Ministry of Energy and Water and Afghanistan Renewable Energy Union (AREU), the Indian Embassy in Kabul and UASID, Afghanistan on Thursday.

A 40-member high profile business delegation led by Afghanistan’s Energy and Water Resources MInister and Rural, Rehabilitation and Development Minister will be participating in the programme.

The Indian Government’s focus on SAARC and the Afghanistan Government’s keen interest in this initiative, this programme assumes great significance.

The other key people who will attend the summit include Amar Sinha, Ambassador of India to Afghanistan; Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of Afghanistan to India; Abdul Razaq Samadi, CEO, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, which is the national electricity utility of Afghanistan; Mirwais Alami, Chief Commercial Officer, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat and Siddhartha Mathur, Team Leader, Phoenix Consulting Services.

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“CITIZEN CONNECT” an interactive workshop

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The Honorable Minister for Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs Sri M. Venkiah Naidu inaugurated CITIZEN CONNECT – an interactive workshop aimed at equipping citizens for engaging in a smart city. The Smart Visakha Forum (SVF), an initiative by the Vizagapatam Chamber of Commerce (VCCI) and Phoenix IT Solutions Ltd as the technology partner, conducted this workshop on Wednesday 8th April 2015 at Hotel Four Points by Sheraton, Visakhapatnam.

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The workshop started with a panel discussion on the topic “Citizens contributions & expectations in Smart Governance” by Resident Welfare Associations (RWA) and Government representatives” with GVMC Commissioner Sri Pravin Kumar representing the Government and Residents Welfare Associations (RWA) represented by Mr. Uday Shirname, Mr. Shaji Anand, Mr. Sohan Hatangadi, Mr. AK Pandey, Mr. Ramana, and Prof Lakshmi. Mr. DVVS Somayajulu moderated this panel discussion. This discussion highlighted some of the main issues of health, sanitation, security etc. faced by citizens. The GVMC Commissioner responded with initiatives being implemented by the Government as well as those that were close to implementation. He also addressed the limitations faced by the Government. He reiterated that the guidelines laid down by the government for smart Cities, Citizen engagement and citizen participation in governance were very essential. City Police Commissioner Sri Amit Garg spoke on the various security measures being taken by the Police department. He also mentioned about the success of IT initiatives like iclick and Abhayam.

Next Mr. Praveen Prakash, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development spoke on various aspects of smart city building and various mechanisms that could be adopted by cities wishing to turning smart.

The second panel discussion on “Investment opportunities and challenges and ease of business in Vizag” was moderated by the Bureau Chief of The Hindu newspaper Mr. GS Subrahmanyam with participants Mr. G Shiv Kumar of Maple software, Mr. Neeraj Sarda, Chairman CII, Vizag Chapter, Mr. B Raja Srinivas, ex- chairman CREDAI and Prof Lalitha Rani Mynenei. This panel discussed the various concerns faced by industries including the service tax, CSR funds, Approval mechanisms for industry etc.,

Mr. Kancharla Ramabrahmam , President VCCI gave a short history of the organization after which Mr. Anand Dutt briefly explained the thought and actions that went behind the formation of the Smart Visakha Forum. The Forum is a broad based unified group of representatives from all sections of the Visakhapatnam city that will work towards making the city a better place. Following that Ms. Ramya gave a presentation of various citizen engagement strategies to educate the gathering. One of the practices for citizen engagement already in use in Vizag was the online portal www.onevizag.org that has been deployed in the Kirlampudi neighborhood on a pilot basis. This allows the residents to not only interact with one another on matters that concern their neighborhood but also acts as an interface between the Municipal administration and the residents where by several categories of issues can be reported to the civic authorities for further action. This online portal www.onevizag.org is proving to be easy to use and effective tool of communication powered by Phoenix IT Solutions which is the driving force behind the Smart Kirlampudi Pilot Project.

This was followed by the formal inauguration of the workshop by Hon’ble Union Minister for Urban Development Sri Venkiah Naidu by lighting the lamp. The Hon’ble Member of Parliament Dr K Hari Babu then introduced the chief guest and shared his thoughts and vision of Vizag as a smart city.

Sri Venkiah Naidu released a summary of the inputs collected during 12 previous round table sessions with the various stakeholders in the city. This was compiled in the form of a brochure. The Hon’ble Minister then shared his knowledge, vision and thoughts of how citizens can and should share the responsibility of developing a city and as the biggest and most involved stakeholders of a city have a right to know and demand information relevant to them. He urged citizens to involve themselves whole-heartedly in city development programs.

APDCL Selects Phoenix for Smart Grid Pilot Project

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Phoenix IT Solutions Ltd was selected by the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited’s (APDCL) Smart Grid Pilot project and received the Letter of Award(LoA) for implementing the same in consortium with M/s. NURI Telecom Co. Ltd., M/s. KEPCO (Korea Power Corporation) and M/s.SECURO Co. Ltd. in the pilot areas of Guwahati city, extending to three Sub-Divisions.

As the Smart Grid Implementing Agency (SGIA) and the lead bidder, the scope of work for Phoenix  includes assisting APDCL in implementation of smart grid activities viz.

  • Installing smart meters at consumer premises  and integration of Distribution Transformer (DTR) meters and feeder Meters, which have been covered in R-APDRP, with the smart grid system
  • Establishment of communication between consumer/DTR/Feeder-substation meters and Smart Grid Command Centre with suitable hardware/equipments
  • Implementation of Time of Use (TOU) and Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) for the pilot area
  • Customer outreach and education for the pilot area consumers
  • Implementation of software systems for:
    • Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
    • Peak Load Management (PLM)
    • Outage Management System (OMS)
    • Demand Side Management (DSM) & Demand Response (DR)
      • LT customers
      • HT customers
    • Load Forecasting
    • Integration of distributed generation of renewable energy like solar, wind, etc.
    • Power Quality Management (PQM)
    • Web portal for all the consumers to respond to DR/DSM/TOU initiatives in the pilot area
    • Monitoring of power quality and theft in the area
    • Integration of the system with ERP, GIS, Metering, Billing, Collection and SCADA systems
    • MIS to monitor the progress of the pilot project and monitoring of KPIs

Phoenix mPower™ Suite of Smart Grid software products along with the products of other consortium member companies will be used for implementing this Smart Grid pilot. Both mPower MDMS™ and mPower CIS™ of Phoenix figure in the recent Gartner’s magic quadrants for utility software products.

Speaking on the occasion, Managing Director and CEO of Phoenix IT Solutions -Mr. Muralikrishna Gannamani said this is a very happy moment for us and a clear validation of the credibility of our Smart Grid software product suite.

Meet us @ India Smart Grid Week 2015

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Phoenix IT Solutions Ltd is participating in India Smart Grid Week 2015 (ISGW 2015), Bangalore, India. ISGW 2015 is an international conference and exhibition on smart grids and smart cities happening in Bangalore from 2nd to 6th March. Detailed agenda, confirmed speakers and other details are available at www.isgw.in

Organized by India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF), the event is planned to bring together India’s leading electricity utilities, policy makers, regulators, investors and world’s top-notch smart grid and smart city experts and researchers to discuss trends, share best practices and showcase next generation technologies and products.

A four member team of Phoenicians is visiting the conference. Please get in touch to know more about our products and solutions.

Lets Get Smart Kirlampudi – A citizen centric smart community Initiative

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Smart cities being the new buzz word and Vizag being shortlisted as one of the cities to be transformed into a smart city, we have been witnessing lot of interest from many sections of the society and media. But, as you know, for a city to be really smart and sustain that momentum, it is important that its citizens play a key role in defining the contours of a smart city. Hence we decided to work with the progressive Kirlampudi Layout to realize a model smart community as a showcase to what works in and for Vizag.

As part of this initiative, we deployed a citizen portal called www.onevizag.org along with technology platform mobile app that will allow the Kirlampudi residents to collaborate and work smartly for the benefit of their community.

The Portal was inaugurated as part of the LET’S GET SMART KIRLAMPUDI initiative, wherein we are proposing to showcase the colony as a smart community. CITYZEN and Kirlampudi Residents Welfare Association (KRWA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to launch this initiative.

Snapshots of the Event

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Hon’ble Minister of State for HRD/Education – Mr. Ganta Srinivasa Rao lighting the lamp during the launch on 26th January 2015 at Hotel Ambica Sea Green, Visakhapatnam. Also seen are Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Visakhapatnam Constituency – Mr. Kambhampati Hari Babu, Hon’ble Member of Legislative Assembly, Visakhapatnam East – Mr. Velagapudi Ramakrishna Babu, Chairman, Visakhapatnam Port Trust – Mr. M.T.Krishna Babu,I.A.S., Commissioner,Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation(GVMC) – Mr.Praveen Kumar, I.A.S, President KRWA -Mr.D.V.S.S.Somayajulu , Director CITYZEN – Fluentgrid Limited – Mrs.Vani Gannamani.

More information on the link below:

The Hindu: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/walking-the-etalk-for-smart-neighbourhood/article6829096.ece

About CitYzen

CITYZEN is the CSR arm of Fluentgrid Limited, which strives to foster sustainable and resilient communities for a better society through people participation. Under the CITYZEN banner, we recently launched Lets Green Vizag, a CSR program aimed at bringing back the green cover of Vizag -lost due to Hudhud cyclone- through active involvement of citizen volunteers. Honorable CM Sri Nara Chandrababu Naidu recently launched our tree mapping application (http://onevizag.org/map/) that has been used to capture the species details, location and photographic evidence of nearly 50,000 plants so far. It is the first time in India that so many trees have been geotagged in a city along with photographic evidence. We are in the process of taking the next steps necessary to monitor their wellbeing in a sustainable manner, in coordination with GVMC.    

Phoenix adopts Chinnapuram Village in Vizag district for development

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925 villages to get smart look

The smart village and ward programme of the State government got off to an auspicious beginning in the district with Minister for HRD Ganta Srinivasa Rao formally inaugurating it at Chinnapuram village in Padmanabham mandal on Sunday. He went on a padayatra along with District Collector N. Yuvaraj and interacted with people.

The Minister said Phoenix IT Solutions had adopted the village and set an example for other corporates. Stressing the importance of people’s participation, he said since the village was backward it was taken up for development.

Dr. Yuvaraj said 925 panchayats would be given in adoption to corporates, voluntary organisations, people’s representatives, individuals and government officials. For the next 60 days, discussion, planning and adoption would be taken up. Funds sanctioned by the government and from other sources would be pooled.

Master plan

Mr.MuraliKrishna Gannamani, CEO & Managing Director  and Mr.Harikrishna, Sr.Project Manager of Phoenix IT Solutions announced that they would keep the village ahead in 20 parameters as envisaged by the government.

The problems in the village would be discussed with people and a master plan worked out.

Smart Villages Coordinator for the district Bharat Kumar (Conservator of Forests), ZP Chairman Lalam Bhavani, former MLA R.S.D.P.A. Narasimha Raju, mandal president Kalla Varma, ZPTC Kasireddy Damodar, Sarpanch Aruna Kumari and RDO Venkatamurali participated in the programme.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/925-villages-to-get-smart-look/article6801139.ece

OneVizag, a CitYzen project launched on 17th November

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OneVizag is the citizen centric smart city initiative of the CITYZEN Project, the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) arm of Phoenix IT Solutions Ltd. One Vizag aims to provide a credible platform to the citizens to disseminate their ideas and come up with sustainable, equitable and human-friendly design delivering innovative and holistic services for building smart cities with an integrated and digitally enriched urban environment. Both, people and technology are important to realize the Smart City dream and hence tries to put technology in the hands of people for people empowered urban development. CitYzen is undertaking various initiatives such as the Lets Green Vizag, Clean Vizag and Healthy Vizag; and all these initiatives will be hosted on a portal- www.onevizag.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hon’ble CM planting a tree the scientific name of which is Ficus Benjamina (Marri Chettu in Telugu)

Our Honorable Chief Minister Mr. N.Chandra Babu Naidu launched this portal on the 17th of November 2014. He launched the Haritha Visakha massive plantation drive of planting around 79000 trees across Visakhapatnam that was meticulously planned and is being executed by district officials from different government departments including GVMC and under the supervision of the District Collector Mr. N.Yuvaraj. This is to address the lost green cover of Visakhapatnam due to cyclone Hudhud.

Our Senior Manager Mr. B. Hari Krishna of Phoenix IT Solutions had the opportunity of addressing the Government officials, media, and public about the portal and one of the key initiatives, Lets Green Vizag. CEO & Managing Director of Phoenix IT Solutions Ltd. Mr. MuraliKrishna Gannamani and Mrs. Vani Gannamani, Director and Head of CITYZEN also explained the functionality and the environmental benefits of mapping the plants on Lets Green Vizag app.

More information on links below:

The Hindu: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/portal-to-monitor-growth-of-saplings/article6608918.ece

Businessline: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/todays-paper/tp-others/tp-states/cm-launches-vizag-plantation-drive-portal/article6609566.ece

New Indianexpress: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra_pradesh/79000-Saplings-Planted-in-CM-led-Drive/2014/11/18/article2529182.ece

News Channels:

ABN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSl6t1CAhR8

TV 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfxYC2xP04c#t=15

10TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=breN3RE6Dgs

Phoenix wins two of the Three contracts of $151 million signed for the improvement of electricity network in Afghanistan.

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Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat has always made effort to provide power supply services to the extent possible for all Afghans across the country. This time the agreement of three projects are being signed with the KEC, Phoenix, and GFA Consulting Ltd companies valued at USD 151,557,716 paid by the unconditional assistance of the USAID via the Ministry of Finance.

 

L to R: Deputy Chief of Mission Embassy of India, Kabul Mr. Viraj Singh.US AID Assistant to the Administrator in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs (OAPA) Mr. Larry Sampler. Minister of Finance Dr. Hazrat Omar ZakhilwalCEO DABS Mr. Abdul Razique SamadiKEC Country Manager Mr. B SubrahmanyamPhoenix IT Solutions VP Consulting Services and Program Director- DABS Mr. Ram Narayan Vedula.GFA Consulting Ltd. Project Director Mr. Geoff Robinson.

L to R: Deputy Chief of Mission Embassy of India, Kabul Mr. Viraj Singh. US AID Assistant to the Administrator in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs (OAPA) Mr. Larry Sampler.  Minister of Finance Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, CEO DABS Mr. Abdul Razique Samadi, KEC Country Manager Mr. B Subrahmanyam, Phoenix IT Solutions VP Consulting Services and Program Director- DABS Mr. Ram Narayan Vedula. GFA Consulting Ltd. Project Director Mr. Geoff Robinson.

The first project includes two sections; that is designing, supply, and installation and transmission line of 220 KV Arghandi-Ghazni valued at USD 56,731,635.94 being implemented by KEC International Ltd.

The second part includes designing, supply, and establishment of 220 KV substations in Sayedabad and Ghazni valued at USD 48,118,617.75 being also applied by the KEC International Ltd.

The second project (Corporate Management Support) valued at USD 18,823,972 shall be applied by GFA Consulting Ltd.

The third project (Corporate Management Support) valued at USD 17,906,779 shall be applied by Phoenix IT Solutions Ltd.
The fourth project (Procurement and Billing Implementation Program mPower™) valued at USD 9,976,713 being implemented by the Phoenix.

Ref: website http://mof.gov.af/en/news/three-contracts-of-133-million-were-signed-with-companies-for-the-improvement-of-electricity-network