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SenRa and Nordic Automation plan LoRa-based smart metering and lighting across India

Steve Rogerson
February 13, 2018
SenRa, an India LPWAN provider for long-range LoRa-based IoT applications, and Nordic Automation Systems, an end-to-end LoRaWan provider, have partnered to offer complete remote metering and smart street lighting across India.
Asia-Pacific is estimated to be the fastest growing market for smart meters. The main factors of growth are largely driven by energy conservation, government policies, need for more accurate billing and increasing smart grid deployments globally.
For SenRa, the partnership with Nordic Automation opens up possibilities to provide smart metering with already existing and tested solid products, which ensures faster roll out to the Indian market.
"We are very happy to work with Nordic Automation and have experienced first-hand the finesse Nordic Automation brings into the product design and execution," said Ali Hosseini, CEO of SenRa. “The collaboration with Nordic Automation allows SenRa the ability to bring in LoRa device offerings to the Indian market as well as offer Nordic Automation access to the fastest growing IoT market in the world.”
Nordic Automation has been focusing on the development and distribution of their own designed and manufactured LoRaWan products for the last couple of years. As the problem of water scarcity is growing in India, the company says the metering products will bring first-hand awareness for people in India about water usage. This, in turn, it hopes will bring about a behavioural change in consumers to cut down their consumption.
"We see extensive opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region and we believe having a strong local service provider such as SenRa as a partner in India is a turning point for us," said Viljo Veesaar, CEO of Nordic Automation.
SenRa is taking its focus on smart water metering to ensure more precise and effective water management for the consumers. The LPWAN provider has successfully finished tests with ultrasonic water meters from Nordic Automation’s Metromatic product range.
"We are viewing a high growth potential in smart water metering and the scope encompasses retrofit, volumetric and ultrasonic meters,” said Hosseini. “We would like to progress on all these product lines as the extent of opportunity in all three is huge and needs to be addressed as a combined offering,"
Beside remote water management, India is planning to replace the majority of conventional streetlights with LED lights across the country in the near future. Integrating smart luminaire controllers into streetlights increases the energy efficiency percentage even further.
"The primary idea is to provide better operations, management and fault correction control at the individual light level and the secondary benefits are to provide power consumption control and power consumption savings," said Hosseini. “By collaborating with the government and city bodies, there will be a clear message to all citizens that the government is providing identifiable changes in the cities to improve the quality and offerings of utilities for everyone.”
SenRa and Nordic Automation are showcasing end-to-end smart metering and intelligent street lighting at the IoT India Expo next month in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.