The city gas distribution (CGD) is one of the fastest growing industrial sectors in India. This growth is fuelled by increasing demand for natural gas in commercial, industrial, and domestic sectors. Compressed natural gas (CNG) and piped natural gas (PNG) is distributed through service line.The pressure is regulated in these service lines to ensure consistent gas supply. To overcome, the Government of India is encouraging the adoption of technologies in the CGD sector through various policies, regulations, and subsidies. As a result, more CGDs have started using technologies to improve their business profits. This post discusses a few prominent technologies adopted by leading CGDs in India.
Today, CGDs are widely adopting IoT and cloud technologies to improve their operational efficiencies, the safety of their workers and assets, real-time monitoring of the gas distribution equipment, minimize downtime, and so on. These technologies have tremendously helped CGDs to minimize challenging conditions in the pipelines such as leakage, corrosion, and metal loss, which can lead to catastrophic results. Cloud computing enables CGD companies to connect the various device networks, as well as host remote servers on the Internet – to manage, store, and process data. All the technologies discussed in this post are driven by IoT and cloud technologies in various ways.
These systems are being used by CGD companies to monitor their pipelines, and take preventive actions against minor damages. Also, GIS systems aid CGD companies to design thematic layers of pipeline networks, and third-party cables, which helps avoid confusions during the pipe laying in extension phases. GIS technologies allow CGDs to search pipelines, conduct valve-in-welds, regulate equipment, identify leak detection, and so on. Owing to advancement in web-based technologies, and vast adoption of fast broadband networks, now it is easier to connect GIS systems with various business processes and other technologies. For instance, these GIS systems are being connected to pipe corrosion interaction systems to check exposed or unprotected pipes in the network.
This technology is used in combination with GIS by CGD companies to ensure consistent performance, safety, and cost-effectiveness of their pipelines. As the name suggests, these systems produce a huge volume of data, which allow pipeline operators and controllers to monitor CGD networks effectively. These systems send the inputs from sensors to the central computer, where operators utilize the data to boost their operational efficiency. The data sent by these systems include flow rate, pipeline pressure, equipment status, gas composition, and so on. SCADA systems are being employed at city gas stations, compressed natural gas (CNG) stations, and across various industrial units. These systems also enable operators to track consumption of gas, monitor losses at each of the stations in their network, conduct a reconciliation of billed gas online, analyze the upstream pressure, etc. In addition to all these, advanced SCADA systems are designed such that they can be easily merged with other technologies.
Over the years, smart metering technologies have evolved, which are slowly replacing analog meters in residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Earlier analog meters were regularly used at homes, commercial and industrial areas to track electricity consumption, and it required manual meter reading. Unlike analog meters, smart meters are designed to automatically take the reading and transmit the information through the wireless network to the central server. Equipped with an advanced automatic meter reading (AMR) capability, these metering devices eliminate the need for human intervention, and also helps ensure accuracy in meter reading. Nowadays, these smart meters are being connected to IoT platforms to improve their efficiencies. The smart meters produce personalized reports that allow users to monitor and manage their energy consumption easily. These reports are provided on a weekly, monthly, or even daily basis, and they give information on gas used in a day and cost of a unit. In short, the adoption of these smart meters has helped CGDs to overcome earlier challenges such as locked premises, errors in billing, meter tampering, among others.
With advancements in smart technologies, it is now becoming easier for CGDs to aim better operational efficiencies and higher profits, while keeping the customer satisfied. There is ongoing research in India and across the world for developing new technology-driven systems for detecting fuel leakage, fuel dispensing, pigging, welding, smart metering, etc.
If you are a CGD company aiming customer satisfaction and business profits, it is important that you approach technology leader like Bynry Technologies to utilize the above-discussed benefits. The smart metering platform delivers photometer reading, AMR, industrial meter reading, and so on. We are helping companies to make smart technology investments by adopting smart metering, and IoT technologies.