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Trilliant and Siemens partner to deploy smart grid in Mexico City

December 13, 2016  | Subscribers Only

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Trilliant and Siemens announced a partnership to build a smart grid infrastructure supporting distributed automation and smart metres in Mexico City and the wider State of Mexico.  

The project was awarded by the Electricity Federal Commission (Comisión Federal de Electricidad, CFE) by means of a tender process. The goal of the initiative is to reduce electricity waste and loss in Mexico City and in the State of Mexico.

Our analysis

The CFE is a Government owned company providing electricity across Mexico. The main objective of the project is to reduce electricity loss associated with the lack of appropriate measurements and maintenance of the electric grid. Trilliant will collaborate with Siemens on three projects providing its smart communication network and platform.

The network that will be deployed include advance metering infrastructure (AMI) and distribution automation (DA) elements. The benefits of the new technology will be multiple: reduction of energy losses, empowering the customers to track their energy usage and needs, and providing the city with a modern more reliable and future-ready electric grid.

The partnership between Trilliant and Siemens combines the two companies’ strengths as it benefits from Trilliant’s Smart Communications Platform and Siemens’ digital grid offerings.

Trilliant will provide its multi-layered networking including wide area network (WAN) and near area network (NAN). Their smart communications platform supports multiple technologies and will allow for remote management and monitoring of smart metres while also enabling CFE to be prepared for a possible future addition of more applications and devices. [...]

A quick introduction to smart grids

In simple terms a smart grid is the use of IoT technologies to upgrade and optimise electrical grids. A typical development would see the smart grid transforming from a one directional grid to a distributed and connected energy system leveraging a bidirectional network. Key improvements are in digitalisation and communication driving efficiencies in planning and controlling, while allowing for monitoring, automation, and new services. [...]

Project focus: Trilliant overview

Trilliant is a company specialising in smart grid communication, mostly serving utilities and energy retailers and helping them to deploy a broad range of smart grid initiatives including smart metering and smart distribution. Trilliant’s smart communication platform capability is central to its business.

The need for utilities to innovate is not only dictated by the need to improve their performance, which are now evaluated in indices such as the System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) and the System Average Interruption Frequency Index (SAIFI), but also by governments such as the US, which are increasingly proposing regulations to impose energy efficiency. Utilities are willing to upgrade their grids as they look to create new revenues and business opportunities.

From a smart cities point of view, one of the major strengths of the utility sector is that a network upgrade through investment will allow the company to position itself at the forefront of the market being ready for further long-term developments. [...]

Opportunities and risks in the energy and resource efficiency space

Supporting multiple technologies is essential as many diverse technologies are still competing for a leading role in the IoT market. The smart city sector is so vast that multiple technologies can coexist and while a “natural selection” process will eventually reduce the number of competing technologies, the vast number of cases, segments, and verticals will ensure the survival of different fitting options. In this framework, providing clients with the support for different technologies increases Trilliant’s reach in the market. [...]

Regional analysis: Smart Cities in Latin America

The smart city market in Latin America is at a very early stage even compared to that in other regions. According to IHS Markit Smart Cities Project Database as of the third quarter of 2016 the region had only 5.8% of the smart cities market by tracked project.

The main reason for this is that the region has many significant challenges, which may take priority over the development of smart cities projects. While smart city initiatives may serve the purpose of solving some regional issues it is true that many problems may require solutions not necessarily belonging to the “smart” category. For instance, increasing inclusion and reducing social inequalities or lowering the digital divide can be accomplished even without the use of internet of things (IoT) initiatives. [...]

The full insight is available as part of the Smart Cities IoT Intelligence Service. For further information about IHS Markit Smart Cities IoT research and the Smart Cities IoT Intelligence service please contact

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