JioThings partners with EESL to enable 1 mn smart prepaid meters in Bihar

Chandan Arora
Chandan Arora
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MUMBAI: JioThings Smart Utility Platform, a flagship IoT solution of JioThings, has partnered with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a joint venture of leading public sector enterprises (PSEs) under the Ministry of Power, to deploy one million smart prepaid meters in Bihar along with French electric utility firm EDF.

JioThings Smart Utility Platform is a revolutionary NB-IoT enabled future-ready solution from Jio Platforms and is backed by 4G/LTE technology, which will drive the digital transformation of the power utilities sector and help achieve Ministry of Power  and  Government of India’s aim of installing 250 million smart meters.

Speaking on the solution and its mission, Kiran Thomas, CEO of Jio Platforms Limited, said, “JioThings Smart Electricity Metering solution offers a comprehensive suite of highly scalable, smart and secure solutions through a combination of IoT platform, hardware, nationwide connectivity, installation and after sales services. We believe that the smart utility platform will bring transformational benefits of latest smart technologies to the power sector. By empowering enterprises with cutting-edge plug-and-play smart solutions, we aim to accelerate the adoption of smart IoT solutions by enterprises and enable their digital transformation”.

A EESL spokesperson said, “Smart Metering is the pivot around which India’s next chapter of energy security reliability and consumer-driven market will be written. We are committed to implementing innovative solutions to enable India in reaching its energy efficiency goals”.

“The EESL has brought about a paradigm shift in smart metering by partnering with leading digital technology companies. We were proven right by responsive digital companies like Jio and others. We are extremely pleased to have Jio as our IoT partner. With this success, we are certain that next generation communication technology, i.e. 5G, will further boost the smart metering deployments as other AMI service providers gain confidence in outsourcing to technology providers”, the EESL spokesperson added.

JioThings’ IoT enabled Smart Utility Platform is a flagship solution for enabling automated meter reading/ advanced metering infrastructure in India to enable prepaid and post-paid metering. The highly secure IoT powered platform simplifies meter management, giving utilities full visibility and control of its IoT-connected smart meters. The secure and scalable solution ensures reliable data collection and instantaneous two-way communication, leading to cost optimisation and seamless experience by helping improve collections and efficiencies and eliminating service delays, a statement said.

JioThings’ pioneering IoT platforms, backed by Jio’s future-proof 4G LTE and 5G networks, provide clear advantages over legacy technologies and address the challenges of the legacy solutions such as limitations created by dwelling conditions, challenges of RF mesh and proprietary implementations, thereby accelerating the adoption of smart solutions, it said.

Jio Platforms Ltd (Jio), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Ltd, has built a world-class all-IP data-strong future-proof network with 4G LTE technology (through its wholly owned subsidiary Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd). The network is 5G-ready with no legacy infrastructure and indigenous 5G stack. It is the only network conceived as a mobile video network from the ground up. It is future-ready and can be easily upgraded to support even more data, as technologies advance on to 6G and beyond, the statement read.

Jio has brought transformational changes in the Indian digital services space to enable the vision of Digital India for 1.3 billion Indians and propel India into global leadership in the digital economy. It has created an eco-system comprising of network, devices, applications and content, service experience and affordable tariffs for everyone to live the Jio Digital Life.

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) is a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power, Government of India, which was set up by the government to facilitate energy efficiency projects and to work as Energy Service Company. The EESL is the world’s largest energy service company (ESCO) that is driving numerous initiatives that are potential game-changers in building a conducive ecosystem for energy efficient technologies, across geographies.

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