December - 2016 - Special issue > Company of the Year - 2016: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

NeoSilica: Industrial IoT for Power Plants, and Multi-Utility Smart Grid, for Smart City

si Team
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
si Team
From egg-boilers to iPhones, the ability of Internet of Things (IoT) to create easy human experiences by connecting physical objects is seamless. Yet energy and industrial applications are quite different and involve complex and critical operations. Industrial IoT is fast emerging for intense real-time applications in energy, manufacturing, infrastructure and industrial to bring outcome-based and user-centric focus, vastly improving operational efficiency for maximizing the business outcome for the business owner. The problem with energy applications in utilities, power plants, manufacturing, buildings and cities - is further compounded by decades old legacy OT (operational technology) systems that are looking for upgrades and even replacement. Hence a new generation of OT + IT application architectures emerged, and NeoSilica is a pioneer, even on the world stage.

The story goes back to 2014 when Mr. Narendra Modi, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, announced the development of world's largest canal top solar grid on Narmada Canal in Vadodara. The project was the largest of its kind spread over four kilometres and remote data collection & automation using any traditional OT systems was a challenging task. Hence the customer (SSNNL) started looking for a reliable and experienced player in the segment. Betting on its deep experience, NeoSilica Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad, with proven Industrial IoT platform for Power Plants (advanced IT+OT integration), stood up for the challenge and successfully deployed Industrial IoT based Power Plant SCADA with Monitoring & Analytics, up and running within a month, proving its mettle in the industry. This solar project was selected by KMPG as 'Top 100 Infrastructure Projects of 2014'.

The founders (Mr. Satyam Bheemarasetti and Mr. Ravi Patruni) and the core team have decades of experience product development, R&D and deploying in international markets - working for and with large corporations in U.S., Europe, China and India. Since energy related smart industries were still at the nascent stage in India, NeoSilica stayed non-operational in India till 2012 waiting for the markets to open. Starting with early deployments in Pondicherry Smart Grid Pilot, today the company has deployed Industrial IoT in more than 200 MW of solar and hydro plants, Smart Grid in Tata Power (Mumbai) and energy management for buildings (10-30% savings) across the country securing 100 percent customer satisfaction all through.

Comprehensive Industrial IoT based Solutions

NeoSilica provides a suite of integrated enterprise-class products &solutions for key energy markets from energy generation (Power Plants), distribution (Multi-Utility Smart Grid (MDMS, DR, Customer and Utility Portals)), to consumption (Smart Buildings and Smart City), and combination in the form of Microgrids.

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