New Delhi, November 8, 2016, BSES Yamuna Power Ltd (BYPL) has signed an agreement at the India-UK Tech Summit with Sensus, a Xylem brand, and global supplier of smart meters and utility-grade communications systems. The agreement will enable BYPL to use FlexNet, Sensus’ advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution, in BYPL, Delhi Service area on a trial basis. This technology trial will start in the next three to four months and will simplify installation and commissioning of the Sensus FlexNet AMI solution in BYPL, Delhi.

BYPL’s requirements for coverage, capacity and longer-term needs of smart grids will be met, without significant additional investment, by the Sensus FlexNet AMI solution. The FlexNet Long Range Radio technology has exceptional penetration and reach to enable a simple and robust architecture for all applications. It will also help BYPL, Delhi to reduce power theft, data loss and improve billing and collection processes. With operations and service facilities in five continents, Sensus is a global leader in utility infrastructure systems and resource conservation.

Representing Sensus at the India-UK Tech Summit, Mr Garry Cox, Vice President – Strategic Customer Team, EMEA and Asia Pacific, said, “We are delighted to have partnered with BYPL for this trial. For emerging economies like India, smart grid technologies are essential to avoid lock-in of outdated energy infrastructure, attract new investment streams, and create efficient and flexible grid systems that will be able to accommodate the rising electricity demand from customers and handle numerous power sources. This partnership is a testimony of UK-India technological collaboration. We aim towards bridging the technology gap bringing in the UK’s technological innovation thereby setting a bench-mark for the Indian market.”

St.John Gould, Director – UK Trade and Economics, India, said: “I am pleased to see the partnership between UK firm Sensus and BYPL on smart meter solutions. It is a step towards meeting India’s target of ‘power to all’. We are delighted that yet another excellent UK company is playing a role in India’s development. It is a great collaboration between India and the UK, with great potential.”

Commenting on the association, BYPL CEO Mr P R Kumar said:  “We are glad being part of this Indo-UK trade partnership. I am sure Sensus’ technology will help fulfil BYPL’ requirements for coverage, capacity and longer-term needs of smart grids without significant additional investment. This trial will provide a huge fillip to our endeavour in this direction and enable us to draw on Sensus’ wide ranging global expertise.”

At present, around 32 per cent of Indians live in urban areas. Particular geographical conditions as per different cities and different categories of consumers being served by the distribution grid make it very challenging to deploy urban smart metering communication networks. Sensus has a unique capability and expertise to ensure the technology can optimise the asset life of meter and infrastructure without compromising the data or the analytics platforms.