In Pakistan smart meter news, two major utilities have completed AMI rollouts using equipment supplied by MicroTech Industries.Lahore-based company MicroTech Industries (MTI) told Metering & Smart Energy International this week that it has completed a 50,000 smart meter deployment with Pakistani utilities MEPCO and PESCO.
As part of the turnkey solution, MTI said it supplied three-phase whole current and LT/HT smart energy meters, Smart Eye meter data collector, end user interface (MTI Galaxy) and third-party hardware & software.
MTI also provided installation, implementation, communication and hosting services.
The company reportedly created separate Project Management Units, which helped to meet the "stringent implementation timelines and vast scope of the project", according to a MTI statement.
Smart meter field installation
As part of the deployment, more than 70 field installation teams provided meter installation services across the Multan-based MEPCO and Peshawar-based PESCO service areas.
MTI said it utilized a specialized tool, Asset Deployment & Management Suit (ADMS), developed in-house, for field implementations.
The real-time project tracking tool facilitated live tracking, feedback and project status updates, which allowed different management tiers to gauge the progress of assets.
It also helped in planning, monitoring and managing field network deployments by using a GIS-based automatic mechanism for progress tracking utilizing dashboard views and progress graphs.
Utility billing system
The two Pakistani utilities have integrated the smart meters into their respective billing systems.
The system has automated and streamlined the utility operations from energy recording to the collection of revenues, which in effect is increasing billing efficiency and reducing aggregate technical and commercial losses, said a MTI spokesperson.
The company created two separate AMI cells in both utilities.
Different rights and privileges have been shifted down to the Strategic Business Units (Sub-Division level) that are facilitating the utilities to make use of different functionalities such as load limitation, and remote connect/ disconnect.
The deployed solution enhanced load control & load management, provided automated consumption data for monthly billing & monitoring and facilitated in improving revenue collection.
The project is acting as a stepping stone for the launch of future AMI projects in MEPCO, confirmed MTI.