Uniten and Cyient to do joint research on smart grid technologies
By Digital News Asia February 20, 2015
- TNB, which owns Uniten, already a Cyient customer
- Collaboration to create smarter, cleaner electricity systems
UNIVERSITI Tenaga Nasional (Uniten), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), and Cyient Ltd, which provides network operations solutions, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for joint research on smart grid technologies.
The aim of the MoU is to develop and maintain an ongoing relationship between the organisations while benefiting from each other’s strengths in the area of smart grids, Cyient said in a statement.
Both parties have agreed to undertake the following activities during the term of this MoU:
- Study the feasibility of deploying Cyient’s framework for improving operations; and
- Contribute to integrating diverse technologies in the areas of communications, electronics and utility systems such as Distribution Management System, Master Data Management, Outage Management System, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (Scada) and Geographical Information System (GIS).
“This collaboration is a major milestone for Cyient and Uniten in taking our relationship to the next level,” said Sanjay Krishnaa, senior vice president and Asia Pacific head of Cyient.
“We are looking forward to a long-term collaboration with Uniten in creating smarter, cleaner electricity systems,” he added.
As a region, South-East Asia has the highest projected GDP (gross domestic product) growth rates and is a rising smart grid market that offers substantial consumer benefits and vendor opportunities, Cyient said.
By 2025, South-East Asian countries will likely have an electricity demand profile similar to Latin American and Eastern European countries, the Hyderabad-headquartered company added.
Over the past few years, Cyient has worked with TNB, Malaysia’s government-owned utilities company, in rolling out its enterprise GIS and AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) pilot project for Melaka and Putrajaya.
“We are happy to collaborate with Cyient to leverage its smart grid expertise and implementation experience for the growing smart grid market in South-East Asia,” said Associate Prof Dr Ong Hang See, Deputy Dean, Research & Postgraduate Studies for College of Engineering, Uniten and key initiator of this project.
“Uniten, being an integral part of TNB, is distinctively positioned to progress in the rapid evolution of the smart grid market,” he added.
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