Tata Communications, MOTWANE, JUSCO begin India’s largest deployment of smart streetlights

Tata Communications partners with MOTWANE to deploy 300 smart streetlights using its public IoT network based on LoRaWAN technology – the world’s largest IoT network

Tata Communications, a leading digital infrastructure provider, and MOTWANE, a technology based electronic and IoT company manufacturing electronic test and measurement equipment with in-house R&D capabilities, have successfully completed India’s largest deployment of smart streetlights for Jamshedpur Utilities and Services Co. Ltd. (JUSCO), India’s only comprehensive urban infrastructure service provider. The new streetlights are underpinned by Tata Communications’ public Internet of Things (IoT) network based on LoRaWANTM technology in India, which is the largest of its kind in the world.

With 300 lights, JUSCO’s project in Jamshedpur is the biggest smart street lighting deployment of its kind in India. It will pave the way for a total of 15,000 lights to be installed in the city in the next 5 years.

The smart street lighting market in India is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 42.2% during the period of 2016-2022. One of the key reasons for this growth is the government’s mission to reduce the country’s carbon footprint. This includes replacing traditional high-intensity discharge lamps (HID), which consume a lot of energy and generate a lot of heat, with more energy-efficient smart streetlights.

Tata Communications partnered with MOTWANE, to successfully deliver an end-to-end solution of smart streetlights for JUSCO. This encompasses the device to application, and network to platform services. The system enables smart features such as switching the lights on/off or dimming them remotely from the central command centre. The lights can be adjusted in clusters depending on need in each location, which helps reduce manpower costs and energy consumption further.

“We need a smart street lighting system that will help us save energy, reduce maintenance costs, get real time reports, full controllability over the light intensity and reduce CO2 emissions,” said Ashish Mathur, Managing Director, JUSCO. “IoT is probably the biggest game-changer we are experiencing in urban planning and management. Tata Communications’ IoT based smart streetlights solution meets all our needs. Not only does it help us reduce our carbon footprint, but it also sets significant cost savings of around INR 700 per light, per year, because of its extremely low power consumption.”

“This smart streetlight project is a great example of the real-world benefits that the IoT can deliver for cities and the environment,” said VS Shridhar, Senior Vice President and Head – Internet of Things, Tata Communications. “We look forward to working with JUSCO and similar forward-looking organisations to bring together millions of connected devices and applications, and create an India-wide mesh of smart buildings, campuses, utility sites, fleet management systems, security and healthcare services – all powered by our public IoT network based on LoRaWAN technology.”

Tata Communications is building the foundation for IoT in India with the world’s largest IoT network based on LoRaWAN technology, spanning nearly 2,000 communities and touching over 400 million people in total. In 2017, we have already rolled out IoT network in 38 cities with many more cities planned for implementation over the next two years.

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