Luminous, an Indian power technologies company, today launched an IoT enabled solar inverter at the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The company has used iQu Internet of Things (IoT) platform from iBot Control Systems with the help of Microsoft’s Azure Hyperscale cloud as the engine of intelligence. The IoT enabled connected solar inverter would run plethora of mobile and web apps that would actively monitor power savings, battery health, and also run predictive maintenance enabling greater energy savings.
“iBot was chosen by Luminous for its ease of integration and ability to drive a faster go to market while rapidly innovating customer and channel facing applications (web/mobile) including analytics,” said Vipul Sabharwal, Managing Director, Luminous.
The iQu IoT platform offers a platform for management of connected devices, apps, Inter-linkages and Data. “Using the iQu connected processor designed for high volume and highly distributed IOT deployments, enterprise grade security and in-built cellular connectivity, the connected solar inverter will provide real-time access to usage monitoring hence enabling Luminous’ customers to maximize ROI on their investments,” the company said in a statement.
Ravi Subramanyam, Founder and CEO, iBot Control Systems, said, “It was evident throughout the engineering and development process for Luminous’ new Connected Solar Inverter that our partnership with Luminous and Microsoft has created a new paradigm in intelligent power back-up solutions.”
Luminous’ first release of smart and connected products are targeted towards SMBs, individual customers, and small solar power facilities. The solution is designed to scale to 100,000s of Solar Inverters, and the insights generated will help Luminous’ R&D innovate more feature-full products in the future and bring them to customers on an accelerated basis.
“We are excited to work with iBot which is transforming traditional products to smart and connected industry solutions on the Azure platform,” said Narendra Bhandari, General Manager, Developer eXperience and Evangelism, Microsoft India.
The Luminous IoT enabled solar Inverter is expected to be available in Feb. 2016 and will be marketed under the Luminous brand.