Building a smart sustainable city network in Mumbai

17th September 2015
Siobhan O'Gorman


Connode is working with Reliance Energy in Mumbai as the strategic partner for communication solutions and applications using Intel Gateways for building a smart sustainable city network in Mumbai.

In the first phase, Reliance will connect the smart meters, streetlights and distribution automation equipment in Mumbai, using Intel IoT Gateways and Connode’s IPv6 based wireless mesh solution, Connode 4.This will be the first roll-out in India of smart meters fully compliant to the communication standards recently adopted in the M2M roadmap by the government of India.

The solution features Intel technology for high-performance IoT smart city gateways, capable of supporting distributed intelligence and with the ability to handle a large number of connected nodes, both IPv6 mesh and other IoT protocols.

Connode 4 is a break-through, industry-first software platform for the IoT, featuring a true IPv6-based communications architecture and scalable to millions of devices. Its horizontal architecture provides seamless IP-based interoperability and global standardisation to a utility sector that has been characterised by vertical industry-specific protocols and vendor lock-in.

“Reliance Energy, which is at the forefront of adopting world-class technologies to efficiently serve its customers, is pleased to partner with Connode and Intel for implementing communication technology for our smart grid. By pioneering implementation of smart grid in Mumbai, we will be able to provide unparalleled services to our esteemed customers and build competencies to participate in the opportunity to build smart cities,” says Mr RR Mehta, CEO, Reliance Energy.

“India has become one of our key markets and our ambition is to be a key player in the transformation of India’s infrastructure for energy and smart city services. This partnership with Reliance gives the best possible start for our Indian venture. Connode’s IPv6 mesh technology together with Intel IoT gateways and embedded security solutions will provide a highly flexible and cost-effective total communications solution that will be easy to deploy and efficient to operate. It will provide a unified, horizontal communications infrastructure for multiple applications, which can grow in functionality as the market develops, in our coming smart grid/smart city programmes. Connode is one of the very few companies globally with a unique combination of advanced IoT technology and long practical experience from smart metering, combined with impressive references,” comments Mr Bjorn Lindblom, CEO, Connode.

“Smart sustainable city solutions is one of the focus areas for Intel as part of the larger IoT space. We are excited to work with Reliance and Connode to provide Intel IoT gateways for one of the most interesting and growing smart city markets in the world,” says Jonathan Ballon, Vice President, IoT Market Acceleration, Intel.

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