NDMC becomes the first Indian municipality to go for 100% smart metering

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When India’s Minister for Power, New and Renewable Energy Mr. R.K. Singh launched the New Delhi Municipal Council’s (NDMC) smart metering project on 9th Jan 2019, it became the first municipality in India to achieve 100% smart metering.
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The New Delhi Municipal Council office on the iconic Janpath in India’s capital

The project replaced 50,000 conventional electricity meters with smart meters in the NDMC area. NDMC will benefit from enhanced consumer satisfaction resulting from better complaint management, faster restoration of outages, awareness of optimised consumption pattern, and improvement in system stability, reliability and transparency.

The Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) solution fetches instantaneous meter readings and load profile data from smart meters and makes it available to billing and analytics applications after thorough validation. Automated remote meter reading helps NDMC save on reading costs and eliminate associated errors in meter reading and billing, thereby improving billing efficiency.

Other advantages of AMI include anytime, anywhere access to meter data and critical events such as meter tampering. NDMC will also be able to disconnect and reconnect electricity supply remotely. NDMC consumers can view their energy usage pattern and take necessary decisions to save on energy using NDMC’s web or mobile apps.

This is a significant step towards converting all the 250 million power meters in India into smart and prepaid meters by 2022, in line with the National Smart Grid Mission (NSGM) of the Government of India.

Mr. Singh said, “Smart Meters will revolutionize the power sector through their vast cascade of benefits including reduced AT&C losses, better health of DISCOMs, incentivization of energy conservation and ease of bill payments. Further, this move will generate skilled employment for the youth.”

The facility was inaugurated by Mr. Singh, in the presence of Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Mr. Anil Baijal; Secretary, Ministry of Power Mr. A K Bhalla; NDMC Chairman Mr. Naresh Kumar, and EESL MD Mr. Saurabh Kumar.

Source: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=187376

Fluentgrid is proud to be a partner in this prestigious smart metering project with our UHES and MDMS products.

Fluentgrid’s CCC helps Vizag withstand and quickly recover from the Cyclone Phethai

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Life in the port city of Visakhapatnam in southern India, where Fluentgrid is headquartered, was thrown out of gear when cyclone Phethai hit the city on December 17. As the situation in Visakhapatnam normalizes, it’s relieving to note that the city’s Command and Control Centre (CCC) implemented by Fluentgrid using its smart city platform Fluentgrid Actilligence™ for Cities played a major role in monitoring the movement of the cyclone, disaster management and rehabilitation activities 24/7 undertaken in various areas of the city.

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The CCC was implemented after the devastating Hudhud cyclone hit the city in 2014, as part of the government’s initiative to deploy an operations center equipped to provide integrated management for a range of city services. Safety being one of the priority areas of the CCC, closed-circuit television cameras installed across the city for critical surveillance and Smart Poles at major junctions in the city were integrated to be operated from the center.

During the cyclone Phethai, surveillance cameras monitored uprooted trees, road blockages, and water stagnation in many areas, and alerts were sent out through the Smart Poles. Fluentgrid has formed a team of experts that monitors the city from the CCC and issues timely alerts to government entities responsible for respective city infrastructure. The monitoring team reported the cyclone situation to the Commissioner of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC). Based on the inputs from the team, the Commissioner appointed nodal officers from various departments who were in constant touch with the monitoring team to stay updated about disaster management priorities and send teams to locations that needed immediate intervention. The Commissioner praised the monitoring team’s efforts during and after the cyclone.

Other city functions integrated with the CCC are street lighting, air quality monitoring, bulk water supply, solid waste monitoring, and green cover monitoring. Implemented by Fluentgrid as part of Visakhapatnam’s proactive measures to become a smart city, the CCC is part of the city’s initiative to enhance preparation for disaster management, sanitation and health, public safety, traffic accident reduction, administrative efficiency and e-government services.

The CCC is equipped with an executive dashboard that provides a comprehensive view of multiple department-level systems and overall performance. Data collated across systems is analyzed to understand activity patterns and abnormal events, provide timely alerts on actionable events and convert them into incidents mapped with configurable Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Instant alerts from these systems are critical in monitoring natural contingencies and other disturbances in the city.

Fluentgrid won the prestigious Smart Cities India Award 2017 in the Safe City category, for its benchmark implementation of the CCC. The Actilligence urban technology platform on which the CCC has been implemented stood second with a Special Mention Award in the Best Smart City Platform category at the Smart City Expo India 2018 at Jaipur

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