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Technologies behind AMR-based meters

AMR systems, meant to obtain energy-consumption data from the user’s end to the supplier, are run on various technologies. Though all these technologies have hosts of features, they also contain carry many drawbacks. Xenius meters, on the other hand, are IOT/M2M-based AMRs which provide the consumers with a whole lot of rich features. Automatic meter [...]

Move over AMR; AMI is here now!

From mechanical meter reading to automatic to Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), the technology that provides two-way communication between the consumer meter and the power utility. AMI-based meters, or smart meters, come loaded with benefits for all the stakeholders of the power industry. They are a way advanced than the AMR-based meters which replaced the mechanical [...]

Prepaid meters gain global popularity

Efficient use of energy and its tracking and conservations are being attempted all over the world. To achieve all this, smart prepaid meters are now replacing conventional, electromechanical meters. Developing countries are, particularly, going for these in order to minimise human interference in metering, billing, and collection. The global market for prepaid metering technologies is [...]

Countdown begins for STS/TID rollover

The global countdown has begun for rollover of TID value of all STS meters to zero. Any token generated after November 24, 2024 will be rejected by the meters. This has the potential of causing huge losses to the utilities and also leading to electricity thefts. It is essential, therefore, for the managements to provide [...]

Move to delicense power distribution is full of challenges

Following up on the announcement in the Union Budget, the Ministry of Power is proposing to delicense electricity distribution and allow multiple players in each supplying area.  The objective behind the move is to encourage competition and allow consumers the choice of power supplier. They will have the option to choose their preferred discom once [...]

NBIoT: Going where 2G, 3G, 4G can’t go

Going beyond 2G, 3G and 4G, NBIoT is a technology that enables devices to send data even where there is no mobile network. Also, it is more secure, consumes less energy and provides better efficiency. Besides being hugely beneficial for automatic meter reading technology, NBIoT has a wide range of applications in agriculture, transport, environment [...]

Smart meters the best way to tackle power theft menace

Electricity thefts, besides causing a drain on the power departments’ finances and affecting the quality of power supply, are also responsible for increasing the tariff burden on an average consumer. Installation of smart meters is the best way of checking this criminal practice and the Government is doing well to digitalise the existing power infrastructure [...]

Power utilities must gear up for host of challenges in store

With ever-increasing digitisation of society and recent thrust on e-mobility, the power system’s responsibility has increased manifold. In order to cope up with the spurt in power demand triggered by modern-day living, utilities need to integrate their systems with technological advancement based on IoT, AI and various other smart devices available in the market. Power [...]

IoT, M2M better power sector ops

The use of smart technologies like IoT, AI and M2M has brought an end to Discoms and power consumers’ woes to a large extent. Smart meters have led to an improvement in the efficiencies of power utilities and brought comfort of consumer experiences. There is also a need to upgrade traditional power grids to smart [...]

SMNP: An essential programme replete with many challenges

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited, tasked with implementing the Government’s ambitious Smart Meter National Programme (SMNP), faces an uphill task in creating an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) because of the multiple challenges involved. Yet, once implanted, the SMNP will go a long way in ensuring an efficient power management system in the country. The Smart [...]

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