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

Etisalat awards contract to Phoenix under the USAID program to Integrate mPower™ suite with Etisalat’s mHawala mobile financial system.

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Etisalat is a leading telecommunications corporation catering to consumers, businesses, international telecommunication companies, ISPs, content providers and mobile operators. Etisalat operates in 18 countries across Asia, the Middle East and Africa, a coverage area which reaches more than two billion people. To date, the group’s global subscriber base exceeds over 140 million subscribers through mobile and Landline voice and data services.

Etisalat has selected Phoenix for the integration of Phoenix’s mPower™ Customer Information System (CIS) with Etisalat’s mHawala™ mobile financial system (Etisalat’s mobile commerce platform) to enable the customers of Da Afghan Breshna Sherakat (DABS) to make their energy bill payments and other miscellaneous payments using their mobile phones.

AEC Selects Phoenix as the Sub-Contractor to Develop, Implement and support Meter Data Management System (MDMS) for Saudi Electric Company’s AMR/AMM System Project

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The Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) is a recognized leader in the field of modern electronics manufacturing, system integration & repair and maintenance services head-quartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

AEC as prime contractor to the Saudi Electric Company (SEC) has selected Phoenix IT Solutions, amongst tough global competition, to be its sub-contractor to develop, implement and provide support services for state of the art Head-end and MDMS for their AMR/AMM project capable of handling 6 Million Meters. The selection was based on deep utility industry knowledge, product engineering and technology expertise gained over the years with our mPower™ suite of products and proven delivery expertise across geographies.

The project scope entails development and implementation of a Head-end system that would interface with the multiple vendor meters such as those from AEC, Itron and Elster, DCU’s, Gateways using standard protocols such as DLMS, GPRS, PLCC and other standard modes for data transfer, and provide a robust Meter Data Management System that is scalable for handling big data and meet the availability requirements of the Utility. In addition the system is expected to interface with SAP’s, Billing and ERP system.

mPower™ Suite goes live at UPCL

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The mPower™ Suite, a comprehensive CIS/CRM suite built on the principles of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), starts live operations at the pilot town of Vikasnagar – a suburb of the capital city of Dehradun for the prestigious restructured electricity distribution reforms program of the Govt. of India (R-APDRP).

Phoenix IT Solutions was selected among tough competition from global and Indian firms for the comprehensive feature set and robustness of the mPower™ Suite and for the expertise and experience Phoenix brings into the mix along with lead System Integrator – Infinite Computer Solutions Ltd (Bangalore).

The mPower™ Suite, built on the enterprise integration platform helps achieve business agility, information access anywhere, multi-modal communication, multi-device integration, business intelligence and enterprise integration through flexible service oriented architecture.

The comprehensive suite addresses the challenge faced by the Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) in the meter-to-cash and customer service areas and is designed to help reduce the technical and commercial losses from the existing 30-35% to less than 15%.

Phoenix and Netinium come together to offer smart metering and smart grid solutions

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Phoenix IT Solutions Ltd, the smart utility software and services provider, announced today that they have entered into a strategic partnership with Netinium to offer Automated Meter Reading (AMR) /Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) solutions for power, piped gas and water distribution companies in India and abroad.

AMI is the critical component of the much touted smart grid infrastructure for next generation utilities in power, gas and water utilities. AMR forms the foundation on which utilities can hope to reduce energy consumption and help the cause of environment. AMR /AMI systems generate huge amounts of data that is captured using a metering head-end system (communication platform) and then transferred to a meter data management system, where the data is cleaned, validated and analyzed for decision support. This metering data is further used for billing, revenue assurance and outage management.

Netinium, based at Wormer in the Netherlands, is a leading provider of vendor independent AMR/AMI Head-end (communications platform) solution and services for smart metering deployments in partnership with major metering companies. Phoenix is known for its versatile mPower™ Meter Data Management System (MDMS), built on a robust BI platform. Phoenix and Netinium are now combining their strengths to take on the global smart metering market, which is at the core of smart grid and smart city projects coming up all over the world. Both organizations shall also have a special focus on the emerging smart grid markets in India and Middle-East.

“We began our journey with Phoenix about two and half years back that culminated in this global partnership today. mPower MDMS™ from Phoenix perfectly complements our AMI head-end solution” said Netinium CEO Mr. Ferry Cserep. “We had been searching for ideal partners in the smart metering and smart grid space and we found that Netinium solutions can accelerate our US entry strategy” added Mr. G S Murali Krishna, CEO of Phoenix.

Business Line
Phoenix IT signs pact with Netinium
Date 28th Jul’2011

The Hindu
Phoenix, Netinium pact for AMR solutions
Date 28th Jul’2011

Phoenix wins mandate to implement its mPower™ Suite in Afghanistan

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Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat is the country-wide utility serving the electricity needs of Afghanistan.

Kabul Electricity Division (KED) is responsible for the electricity needs for the Kabul Metropolitan Region.

USAID funded Kabul Electricity Service Improvement Project’s (KESIP) main goal is to reduce electricity losses for Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) largest distribution hub (Capital Hub) in Kabul, and to rebuild the hub’s technical, commercial and human resource systems.
TetraTech head the KESIP program with support from Deloitte and at the end of the KESIP project the Capital Hub is expected to be operating with substantially reduced electricity losses.

Phoenix was selected as the prime solution provider for the CIS/CRM needs of Afghanistan and it licenses its mPower™ Suite for the entire country of Afghanistan with the initial project area limited to the Kabul Metropolitan Region for KED.

Phoenix’s mPower™ suite was considered the best solution among global competition and Phoenix’s project management and expertise in implementing CIS/CRM solutions across India and Nepal were also considered extensive and unparalleled.

The award decision by consultants Deloitte and TetraTech was also helped by the fact that Phoenix has experience in implementing its solution in rural areas across India and in troubled areas across the world.

Phoenix shall be customizing its mPower™ product for use in both English and Dari. It shall also train the users as well as provide user and technical manuals in both the languages.
Phoenix licenses the following modules from its suite:

  • System Architecture
  • Reporting and Queries
  • Customer Information
  • Premise Information
  • Customer Contact (CRM)
  • Account
  • Services
  • Bill Preparation and Distribution
  • Credit and Collections
  • Payments and Accounts Receivable
  • Cash Receipting
  • Meter Reading
  • Field Service Orders
  • Service Interruptions and Outages
  • Calculating Charges
  • Consumption Calculation
  • Interfaces
  • System Administration

Phoenix will implement its mPower™ CIS/CRM for Customer Information Systems and Customer Relationship Management as well as mPower Insight for Big Data Analytics and will maintain the project for a further period of 3 Years.

Phoenix’s mPower™ Suite of products selected for implementation for the large south Indian state of Tamil Nadu

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Tamil Nadu is one of the largest states in India with a population of over 62 million and Tamil Nadu Generation & Distribution Company (TANGEDCO) is the only distribution and generation company providing energy service to the entire state of Tamil Nadu. With over 20 Million consumers, this is one of the largest utilities in India and the largest R-APDRP implementation in India.

R-APDRP (Restructured-Accelerated Power Development & Reforms Program) is an effort by the nodal agency Power Finance Corporation (PFC) under the aegis of the Ministry of Power, Govt. of India to reduce AT&C losses to less than 15%.

The lead system integrator ITI Ltd have won the mandate to implement and integrate modern IT systems across the state of Tamil Nadu for TANGEDCO.

Phoenix brings its widely implemented mPower™ suite of CIS/CRM products to implement an enterprise wide solution covering the following modules for this implementation for TANGEDCO:

New Connection Management

  • Metering
  • Billing
  • Collections
  • Energy Audit
  • Customer Self-Service
  • Centralized customer care services
  • Management Information System
  • Disconnection and Dismantling
  • Meter Data Management System

ITI Ltd  is responsible for the overall project implementation which includes the following:

  • Establishment of Data Center
  • Establishment of Disaster Recovery Center
  • Implementation of a state-wide GIS
  • Implementation of automated Meter Data Acquisition Solution
  • WAN and LAN connectivity across all utility offices throughout the state

Phoenix will implement its mPower™ Suite within the target time frame of 18 months set by the nodal agency and will maintain the system for a further 5 years.