Leading Indian and foreign companies including Vodafone, TCS, Larsen & Toubro, Tech Mahindra, Tata Power and France’s EDF are eyeing government’s purchase of 50 lakh smart meters, which will give them access to big data on power consumption and create a market for 50 lakh SIM cards for connecting the devices.
Forty companies, which also include equipment makers and trade bodies, have held discussions with Energy Efficiency Services (EESL), which has tendered for 50 lakh smart meters in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana in the first phase as part of the smart-grid project. Bids are expected next week.
EESL is looking at a GPRS-based model for smart meters, which is basically placing a SIM card in the meter for communication. Telecom companies will hugely benefit by this model, EESL managing direc ..