Danish firm Kamstrup and NURI Telecom have been contracted by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to supply smart meters with an online STS prepayment solution. The objective is to reduce energy and revenue losses and provide the best service for the consumers. Following previous collaboration, NURI Telecom has placed an order of 27,000 new OMNIPOWER smart meters with Kamstrup.

The meters are certified by the Standard Transfer Specification (STS) Association. Combining the benefits of regular offline STS prepayment with NURI Telecom’s AMR system, the solution is tailored to the needs of the African market, as it ensures full flexibility for both consumers and utility.

“The collaboration with Kamstrup enables us to offer our customers in Ghana a truly unique solution as it integrates the STS standard with our backend. After a successful pilot, we are now ready to roll out the solution on a larger scale,” explains Samuel Lee, representative of NURI SA.

STS compliant smart meters

STS is the only globally accepted open standard for prepayment systems and ensures a secure transfer of prepayment tokens, to the benefit of both utility and consumers. With the STS module installed in their Kamstrup meter, consumers will be able to manage the prepayment even in the event of an unstable network connection, which can be an issue in rural areas.

The partnership between Kamstrup and NURI Telecom has developed over time through earlier projects, including a previous smart metering project in Ghana.

Smart prepayment grants consumers full control of their consumption and spending and may motivate energy savings through increased awareness. For utilities, smart prepayment is a means to eliminate both monetary losses and the time spent handling late or missing payments. [Ghanaian utility introduces new water billing system]

District heating

In other recent news, Danish utility company Aalborg District has invested in a large-scale project that will digitise and improve the energy efficiency of the future district heating system.

Aalborg District has contracted smart metering Kamstrup to deliver 38,000 intelligent heat meters, a remote reading system, software and hosting of data. The rollout of the project will begin in March this year and provide a solution that will afford Aalborg District Heating a wide range of opportunities for operational efficiency and improves customer service.