Bharti Airtel has partnered with Secure Meters for deploying narrow band-internet of things (NB-IoT) services that will power 1.3 million homes in Bihar through a smart meter solution.
This deployment will be India’s first NB-IoT solution on a narrow band with a fall-back option that will work on 2G and 4G. It will ensure real-time connectivity and uninterrupted transfer of critical data. NB-IoT is a low-power, wide area, radio network technology developed by 3GPP which enables a wide variety of IoT devices and services including smart meters. Airtel’s NB-IoT platform is scalable to 5G. Airtel’s NB-IoT proposition also includes its advanced IoT platform The Airtel IoT Hub which has been customised to suit the needs of advance metering infrastructure service providers (AMISPs). Its enterprise grade feasibility tool helps AMISPs plan their meter deployments better. Other functionalities include customer life cycle management and advanced analytics tools like diagnostics, live sessions check, and real-time data usage among others.