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Kozhikode, Southern India: The Kerala State Electricity Board Ltd (KSEB) has committed to begin the installation of smart electricity meters in 25 buildings as part of a district pilot project.

The project will include residential and commercial users who consume more than 200-500 units of electricity per month.

Households to receive smart meters under the pilot will be identified through a survey.

KSEB will implement the smart meter initiative to 44,000 consumers once the four month pilot is completed. The aim is complete the first phase by the end of 2018.

“The pilot scheme will begin at Nadakkavu section limit in two weeks,” said K P Swaminathan, deputy chief engineer of KSEBL Kozhikode.

KSEB will have a technological jump with the introduction of smart meters, he said.

The first phase of the project will see smart meter roll outs in three cities namely; Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi.

Meter readings from old meters will be compared with smart meter readings to compare accuracy and efficiency of the new meters. Once the old meters have been replaced, KSEBL officials will be able to accurately measure consumption remotely, rather than sending personnel on site.

According to Swaminathan, the bi-directional energy meters will help officials to identify consumption patterns and will ease auditing processes.

Officials from Kozhikode, Vadakara, Balussery and Feroke electrical divisions have received training as part of the implementation of the smart meter project.

The smart meters are being implemented in Kerala as part of the Central government initiative to revamp the electricity distribution system. Three different technologies are used for smart meters radio frequency, power line communication and GPRS.

Cost of the smart meter roll out will be borne by the KSEBL.