Airtel IoT Lays Groundwork For an Impact In Power Distribution

Highlights :

  • As enterprise IoT comes of age its finding ever more uses, especially with the imminent entry of 5G comm.
  • The case of the Meghalaya Distribution Corp is a good example of the way smart meters plus 5G can change the scenario in the sector.
Airtel IoT Lays Groundwork For an Impact In Power Distribution

Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s has become the market leader in India’s fast-growing Enterprise IoT segment as per Frost & Sullivan.

“Internet of things (IoT) technology is enabling enterprises to become intelligent and data-driven. With the key partnerships, innovative IoT platforms, and consultative approach, IoT providers are helping enterprises to adopt IoT solutions. The Indian IoT market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.8% moving from CY 2020 TO CY 2023. As per Frost & Sullivan’s latest Enterprise Mobile Services Report Q4 FY 2020-21 (January 2021 – March 2021), Airtel is the market leader in the Cellular IoT space holding a 45.5% market share. “said Abhinav Kumar, Consultant, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Practice, Frost & Sullivan

Airtel IoT is an end-to-end platform with the capability to connect and manage billions of devices and applications in a highly secure and seamless fashion. At its core is Airtel’s robust 5G Ready network that comes with the option to deploy NB-IoT, 4G or 2G connectivity using Airtel e-SIM technology. It also has a Flexible set of APIs which allows enterprises to streamline the process of connecting, collecting, and analyzing data through their existing workflow tools with the guarantee of Airtel’s telco grade Security.

A start has been made with the installation of smart power meters in Meghalaya, in India’s North East, where the discom has been an active participant in the drive to use the tech to understand its requirements better, and be more responsive.

In a statement Meghalaya Power Distribution Corporation said“Digital transformation is a key focus area for us. The implementation of smart metering infrastructure in the state is a major milestone in this journey. We needed a partner with strong capabilities and deep expertise in the space of IoT and smart utilities and Airtel ticked all the boxes for us.

The partnership will see 200,000 smart meters located in homes across the state equipped with Airtel’s 5G ready IoT SIMs that remotely transmit customers usage of energy in near real-time, cutting costs and helping to balance supply and demand.”

With accelerated adoption of IoT ecosystem in daily business operations, Airtel Business has been developing industry specific use cases to address customer’s pain points and drive business value.

Airtel IoT currently supports over 6 million managed IoT connections, including a range of vertical specific solutions like industrial asset monitoring, smart metering and vehicle telematics with an innovative approach to building IoT solutions. The firm leverages its proven pan-India network to provide customers with IoT connectivity irrespective of their size, industry, or location. MG Motor, Pine Labs, Paytm, Kirloskar, BSES, Genus, Kent, Black Buck, Meghalaya Power Distribution Corporation Limited and Odisha Power Transmission Company are among the enterprises that are already using Airtel’s IoT solutions.

According to Ajay Chitkara, Director & CEO – Airtel Business, “Airtel IoT is built to massively simplify the IoT journeys of emerging enterprises. We continue to invest in our platforms by enabling technologies that are central to the functioning of the Internet of Things, including our 5G network. The findings of Frost & Sullivan are yet another endorsement of our relentless focus on innovation in the IoT segment.”

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