“We are seeing significant growth year-on-year in the IoT space for us and it is continuing to grow. The market is large. The scale of growth that is happening across IoT, if I look globally, India is not left behind. The type of data that we deal with is exponentially growing year-on-year,” Praveen Arora, Vice President and Business Head–IoT, Tata Communications, told ETTelecom in an interview.
In smart cities, there is a surge in demand for smart lighting and metering solutions, Arora said. The smart street lights deployed by Tata Communications have resulted in approximately $10.4 million in cost savings through FY22-23, he noted.
In the manufacturing vertical, Tata Communications is seeing demand for its employee visibility and safety solutions. The company has bagged a deal from one of India’s largest oil & gas players for its SAFEPASS badge ID solution although he did not disclose the name.
According to Arora, Tata Communications manages more than 360,000 smart street lights globally on its LoRaWAN network. In India, its biggest deployment was for a large industrial city that has 70,000 smart street lights. In North India, it has deployed sensors across 19 zones to monitor the air quality, he said.
The company said its smart metering solutions focus on energy consumption optimisation and higher operational efficiencies. It added that its solutions have been rolled out on prepaid smart metering in multiple cities.
Arora highlighted that the company has also deployed over 200,000 connected worker solutions across 30 locations in the country.
Arora noted that Tata Communications has forayed into Australia and North America to expand its “IoT story globally”. The company is present in the Middle East through a strategic partnership with Zain KSA centred on IoT solutions and LoRaWAN.
“The differences are especially related to the regulatory landscape in different countries, different requirements to various geographical compliances. (For instance) in Australia, the focus is on the efficiency, effectiveness, and scalability of IoT solutions,” Arora said.
The executive, however, declined to disclose data on growth and investment being made into IoT. Tata Communications has been offering IoT solutions since 2017 powered by its LoRaWAN network. It has also developed its IoT platform, and provides applications, sensors, and devices, as well as, managed services to its customers.