Vodafone Idea Partners Genus Infra To Start NB-IoT Trials

Vodafone Idea’s enterprise business unit Vodafone Idea Business Services (VIBS), has joined hands with Genus Power Infra to conduct Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) trials in India.

To start with both the companies are currently running advanced trials at Genus’s R&D facility at Jaipur, Rajasthan around smart metering. Automated metering or, smart meters, in common parlance, is a basic utility functionality of smart cities that can easily be deployed using NB-IoT.

“Narrowband IoT is the next growth engine in the IoT space which allows greater network coverage, improved battery life of 10 years plus for devices, and the ability to slice and partition the network for specific use case, to make massive IoT deployments commercially viable for enterprises across verticals,” said Nick Gliddon, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Vodafone Idea.

“With the power of NBIoT, we look forward to bringing digital transformation in the fields of agriculture, healthcare, utilities (energy, water & gas distribution) and smart city applications,” he added.

While in the past, cellular networks were built to connect “people”, Narrowband IoT is the first of its kind cellular network technology primarily built to connect “things”. Apart from smart utility metering, NB-IoT enables scalable deployments of various smart city use cases e.g. smart street lighting, smart parking etc. It also promises to benefit agriculture industry in rural areas, giving rise to new crop monitoring systems, automated feeding for crops and herds all helping to shape the connected farm of the future. This is apart from its myriad use in health and patient monitoring, people and asset tracking which is already positioning  NB-IoT as the leading standard for IoT.

”As a leader in the smart metering industry, we are very pleased to be the first in India to conduct advanced trials of NB-IoT enabled meters in partnership with Vodafone Idea Business Services, a global leader in IoT. Genus has conducted NB-IoT trials globally and has been a part of the digitization and power reforms phase in India. We are committed to supply smart and sustainable solutions to the power sector in the country,” said Jitendra Kumar Agarwal, Joint Managing Director, Genus Power Infra.

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