To help its 10 lakh power users monitor their electricity consumption online, BEST is working on technological improvement in its Low Power Radio Frequency (LPRF) electronic meters. With the assistance of a satellite link, data from the meter will be reflected on a central server from where it can be transferred online and viewed by consumers, said a BEST officer.
“Once the satellite link is provided, data can be refreshed every 15 minutes to give the latest updates on power consumption,” said the officer. Presently, two lakh LPRF meters are installed in the island city.
LPRF meters enable BEST to record the meter reading with the help of a handheld device. The staff can record the reading of meters within a 50-m radius of the device. However, as the LPRF enabled meters are scattered across the city, remote sensing feature is currently not in use. There are only 150 high-end users for whom BEST uses the remote sensing technology.
To use the feature for more consumers, BEST plans to install only LPRF meters in one ward as a pilot project.
“We are looking at a plan to streamline the data collection from LPRF meters. They will be fitted in a particular ward as a pilot project. The first stage is to ensure that all power consumers have LPRF meters. In the second stage, we will begin using remote sensing feature to read meters and finally, provide the data to consumers online,” a senior BEST officer said.
The pilot project, expected to start in six months, is likely to be implemented in an upscale area of south Mumbai, like Malabar Hill.
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