23 January 18 The Business Times by WONG KAI YI
SINGAPORE Technologies Electronics (ST Electronics) announced on Jan 22 that its unit, Telematics Wireless, has been awarded a contract worth US$72 million for the supply of a smart sensor network to Israeli wireless automatic meter manufacturer Arad Technologies.
Under the contract, Telematics Wireless will supply automatic meter reading (AMR) radio transceivers for Arad's AMR solutions over six years.
The AMR radio transceivers supplied through this contract will be deployed with Arad's AMR solutions in various global markets, and together with Arad's smart management software, will provide precise monitoring of all utility vital signs, and will alert utility providers to faults such as leakages.
Radio transceivers are a key part in smart meters, which are used to monitor water, electricity and gas usage.
ST Electronics says its AMR radio transceivers are able to operate up to 10 years on an internal battery, and are resistant to radio interference.
The transceivers incorporate all electronics, battery and antennae in the meter register without the need for connecting external wires, which the company says reduces installation and maintenance costs.
When fully deployed by Telematics Wireless at the end of 2021, the sensors will join the more than 15 million wireless sensors currently installed in cities globally, said ST Electronics, and contribute to the company's approach to drive "worldwide implementation of smart city initiatives".
President of ST Electronics Ravinder Singh said the company has embedded advanced technology into water resource management systems to help improve city planning, operational efficiencies and realise cost savings.
"We are pleased to collaborate with Arad Technologies to deliver smart city solutions that transform cities efficiently and power smart city planning," he added.
In December last year, Singtel and global smart metering solutions provider EDMI Limited announced that they were jointly developing a smart electric metering infrastructure for Singapore.
They successfully tested smart electric meters, powered by Singtel's nationwide Cat-M1 cellular Internet of Things (IoT) network, with the combination of smart meters with the IoT network enabling the secure wireless transmission of real-time meter readings at regular intervals to the power grid.
The combination allows electricity suppliers to monitor electricity consumption and forecast demand more accurately, which will ultimately benefit consumers by bringing about cost savings.
This comes on the back of the Energy Market Authority's plans to roll out smart meters in the second half of 2018.