Singapore Technologies Electronics (ST Electronics) announced on 22 January that its subsidiary, Telematics Wireless, has been awarded a contract worth US$72 million by Arad Technologies for the supply of a smart sensor network that will transform global cities and enable more efficient city planning. This is in line with ST Electronics’ strategic approach in leveraging its capabilities in smart technologies to drive implementation of smart city initiatives worldwide.
Under the agreement, Telematics Wireless will supply Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) radio transceivers for Arad’s AMR solutions over a period of six years. When fully deployed by Telematics Wireless at the end of 2021, more than 18 million wireless sensors will enhance smart cities globally. Currently, there are more than 15 million wireless sensors installed in cities globally.
“We are pleased to collaborate with Arad Technologies to deliver smart city solutions that transform cities efficiently and power smart city planning. This reinforces our global track record and continued strategic growth of our smart technologies,” commented Ravinder Singh, President of ST Electronics said. “Leveraging our deep engineering expertise, we have embedded advanced, cutting-edge technologies in water resource management systems that help to improve city planning and enhance operational efficiencies as well as cost savings.”
Alongside the growing use of smart meters for efficient utility monitoring, smart AMR meters will be increasingly used. Radio transceivers are a key component in smart AMR meters and ST Electronics’ products feature an innovative technology that incorporates all electronics, battery and antenna in the meter register without the need for external connection wires. This results in reduced installation and maintenance costs. The radio transceivers are also able to operate up to 10 years on internal battery, and are resistant to radio interference.