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Tata Power Delhi Distribution selects IBM for upcoming smart grid initiatives

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Technology major IBM said it has been selected by Tata Power Delhi Distribution, a joint venture between Tata Power and Delhi government, to design and deliver smart grid solutions to better manage energy output and cut down outages.

“As a part of its smart grid initiative, Tata Power Delhi Distribution will collaborate with IBM to develop an advanced metering infrastructure and demand response pilot programme that will automate and regulate supply of electricity to consumers in sync with the fluctuating demand,” IBM said in a release.

The project will help add a layer of digital intelligence to the grid and ensure reliability when there is an exponential rise in demand and the supply falls due to heavy consumption, it added.

Besides, this will provide customer service improvements including new digital meters, enhanced self-service options and access to a customer portal to manage energy use, it said.

The solution will also help empower the over 1.3 million electric consumers of Tata Power Delhi Distribution to manage their energy usage, it added.

Aggregated technical and commercial losses that occur due to electricity transmission and energy theft are estimated at about 26.4 per cent on a national average in India.

The government has launched the Restructured-Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) to reduce these losses and to improve power distribution of state utilities during 11th Five-Year Plan period (2007-2012).

IBM will support Tata Power Delhi Distribution to create system architecture, ensure adherence to international smart grid standards, optimise business process and incorporate dynamic business analytics function to offer actionable insights, the US-based firm said.

That apart, Tata Power Delhi Distribution will leverage IBM’s expertise to integrate new advanced metering, meter data management and demand response systems with existing applications including customer and geographic information systems, the NYSE-listed IBM added.

IBM is involved in more than 150 Smart Grid engagements in mature and emerging markets.


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