Discoms go in for smart meter reading devices
In a bid which could indirectly benefit the penalty scheme on power outages, Delhi’s distribution companies are now adopting new Smart Meter Reading Devices (SMRDs). The devices, as discoms claim, would ensure exact meter reading and timely distribution of electricity bills.
Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) which supplies power in North Delhi areas is going to introduce SMRD which is an android based efficient meter reading solution installed on smart phones. Easy to operate, SMRD ensures accuracy in meter reading, reduction in reading cycle time and prompts for capturing a screen shot of the meter reading in case of anomaly in the reading.
“Its wireless mechanism supports online data transfer through GPRS/3G. Its GPS feature also facilitates online route tracking and monitors the performance of field staff. It can be easily upgradable to the latest version and can be utilized for comprehensive meter inspection reports, meter installation and disconnection/re-connection activities etc,” said a discom official.