IntelliSmart, Infosys to Setup Sustainable Energy Digital Platform for Distribution Sector

IntelliSmart Infrastructure Pvt Ltd (IntelliSmart), a joint venture between state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) and National Investment & Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), and IT giant Infosys Ltd have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a digital platform for value added services.

January 16, 2021. By Manu Tayal

IntelliSmart Infrastructure Pvt Ltd (IntelliSmart), a joint venture between state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) and National Investment & Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), and IT giant Infosys Ltd have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a digital platform for value added services.

Under the MoU, a Sustainable Energy Digital Platform (SEDP) will be developed to accelerate digitalisation and integrate data analytics across the power sector enabling greater efficiency.

The platform will further help unfold data analytics and integrate one common platform for the utility operations and commercial systems end-to-end.

The MoU was signed at the roundtable on ‘Realizing the Vision of Digital Smart Grid in India’ hosted by IntelliSmart, where senior officials from the Ministry of Power, Department of Economic Affairs, and expert delegates from across the country’s energy ecosystem were present.

Adding to it, IntelliSmart also launched the inaugural edition of INSTINCT, an Innovation Challenge and Hackathon on Smart Metering. INSTINCT invites ideas to solve relevant challenges that can help improve India’s power distribution sector.

Moreover, the roundtable also included the launch of the Bihar Bijli Smart Meter App, which helps consumers stay updated about their electricity account in near real-time. The app will enable consumers to view their daily energy consumption and deductions due to electricity charges, fixed charges, and arrear installment. The free-of-cost app is now available on the Google Play Store and the Apple Store.

On the Occasion, Rajaraman, Additional Secretary, Investments, Department of Economic Affairs at Ministry of Finance Government of India, said that, “the development of an integrated Subscription based platform such as SEDP and Enterprise IT platform for Smart Metering plug and play for Discoms, will be crucial in actualizing our vision of a reliable, secure and robust digital grid. A reliable smart grid will be the backbone of smart cities, smart homes, and EV-based mobility Replacement of legacy meters with prepaid smart meters is expected to increase billing efficiency from less than 80 per cent at present to 100 per cent and has the potential to increase the annual revenue of Discoms. High quality Smart meter manufacturing in India must be deepened under Make in India banner, with about 250 smart target before us. Discoms may consider the OPEX model for smart metering instead of a CAPEX model given that the activity is eminently viable and can generate significant private investments. We believe that the deliberations made during today’s roundtable are very relevant for the growth of the power sector and I wish IntelliSmart the very best in their efforts around funding and rolling out smart meters across the country.”

IntelliSmart will partner with DISCOMs to co-develop advanced analytics solutions on their data, tailored to their context. With our knowledge of existing smart meter infrastructure/ data, rich on-ground experience and partnerships with leading global firms (who have helped global DISCOMs create value), we are confident of being able to create significant value. IntelliSmart will reach out to DISCOMs and work with them to demonstrate the value of Advanced Analytics to them and build out a full suite of tailored solutions over the next 2-3 years.

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