WAPDA Automated Meter Reading (AMR) Using Computer technology, GSM/GPRS and Radio Frequency
USAID to launch nationwide automated meter reading projects
Islamabad (Monday, January 21, 2013) – United States Agency of International Development (USAID) is in the final stage to rollout a nationwide installation of Automated Meter Reading (AMR) projects. The project is a continuation effort to assist government-owned power distribution companies (DISCOs) in loss reductions and revenue enhancements.
Initially, the project would target the areas with high power thefts and significantly high line losses, said a news release issued here on Sunday. The AMR would provide highly accurate electronic meter readings with little human intervention, using computer technology to transmit meter readings data via GSM/GPRS and Radio Frequency.
The installation of AMR meters would start in the first quarter of the year. This is the largest AMR rollout in Pakistan with almost 17,000 AMR meters being installed among all five DISCOs.
The project is being launched as a model for the five DISCOs to showcase the benefits of the latest meter reading technologies. The program would also facilitate in establishing methodologies for energy accounting and cost of service studies for DISCOs.
USAID Power Distribution Program will also introduce new equipment specifically designed to reduce the frequency and duration of power outages.(APP)
What is Automatic meter reading (AMR)
Automatic meter reading (AMR) is a modern day technology of automatically collecting consumption, diagnostic, and status data from water meter or energy metering devices (gas, electric) and transferring that data to a central database for billing, troubleshooting, and analyzing. This technology mainly saves utility providers the expense of periodic trips to each physical location to read a meter.
Another advantage is that billing can be based on near real-time consumption rather than on estimates based on past or predicted consumption. This timely information coupled with analysis can help both utility providers and customers better control the use and production of electric energy, gas usage, or water consumption.
AMR technologies include handheld, mobile and network technologies based on telephony platforms (wired and wireless), GSM / Radio frequency (RF), or powerline transmission.