MGL taps Tata’s LoRa IoT network in Mumbai for smart gas meters

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Tata Communications says it is working with Indian natural gas distribution company  Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) to deploy 5,000 smart gas meters in Mumbai, which will give households and businesses visibility and control over their gas usage, and enable MGL to enhance operational efficiencies.

As the global smart gas meter market is set to grow from around $1.59 billion in 2016 to $2.27 billion by 2021, it is expected that there will be around 130 million smart meters [PDF] across India in the next three years.

MGL’s new smart meters will be equipped with connectivity provided by Tata Communications’ public LoRa network network, which enables MGL to simultaneously monitor thousands of smart meters.

Customers won’t have to manually check their gas meter readings – instead the smart system will automatically track their gas usage, said Rajeev Mathur, managing director of MGL.

“We want to help our customers better understand their energy use, save money and reduce their carbon footprint – while improving our own operational efficiencies,” said Mathur.

“Our recent India-wide research found that the home is where people expect IoT to make a big difference, with over 90% of people surveyed saying that they would like to use IoT to monitor their home appliances remotely in real-time, for example,” said VS Shridhar, senior vice president and head of IoT at Tata Communications. “Smart metering is one of many IoT-enabled applications that could transform how people live and engage with the world around them, and how businesses operate and engage with their customers.”

Tata Communications says it has rolled out the LoRa network in 38 cities, with more cities planned for implementation over the next two years.

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