By- Govind Agarwal
The Futuristic India – Taming Technology
The industrial city of Jamshedpur located in Jharkhand is the first Smart City of the country even though it is not a part of the government’s Smart Cities Mission. This city is gearing up to be so under the leadership of the TATA Group. The city also known as Tata Nagar, or Steel City due to its industrial affiliation. It has witnessed several internet of things (IoT) applications designed to make the lives of its 1-million-plus residents better.
Jamshedpur Utilities and Services Co. Ltd (JUSCO), is a company that provides utility services such as water, power and waste management in the Jamshedpur. It been developed from Tata Steel’s Town Services Division in 2004. It provides all of these services as an integrated entity. Such an integrated structure is an advantage in terms of better work coordination for multiple services. The company uses different technologies as per their requirement. “For example, they were the first to start combined billing for all kinds of utility services and introduce e-billing, e-payments, etc for those services.
Jamshedpur is one of the first city to use Tata Communications LoRa network for services such as smart meter and lighting. The smart streetlighting is the lights which can automatically adjust their brightness based on factors such as the available natural lights or density of traffic. Some of the other major projects included are storm and floodwater monitoring, waste management, water quality control and predictive asset management.
Other projects include, monitoring a number of parameters for the hundreds of electricity transformers that are installed across the city. The sensors installed in those transformers are constantly monitoring the things happening inside them and then send that data to the C&C centre, which helps the management in finding solutions to various problems or even anticipate them well in advance.
So, the sensors that are positioned for various utility services do the detecting at predefined intervals and send the data back to the LoRa network and to the C&C centre, where it is monitored by a selected set of people. This has not only enabled faster decision-making and but have also ensured proactive actions.