ELECTRICITY theft and meter tampering have been a great cause of concern for electric supply companies. Recently some efforts have been made to reduce these power losses.

Previously, the company’s staff was required to read the meter on a monthly basis for a proper billing. Moreover, it requires a large number of meter readers to collect reading from each consumer.

Human errors and tampering in records are inevitable. Ultimately, it leads to non-transparency. Here comes the concept of smart grids and smart meters. With smart grid, remote monitoring of meters and remote control supply are possible.

The technology is getting common in many countries. The time is ripe for power supply companies to invest in this technology to gain the trust of consumers.

HAMMAD ANSARI Karachi

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Raj
September 4, 2012 12:18 pm
No matter an advanced technology you use to curb theft of paower un less the attitude and mindset of the people do not change there always a significant amount of resources of the power utily company would be diverted to curb the theft. I worked 20 years in state electricity board in India where we had a vigilance department consists of at least 300 personnels to curb the power theft eventhough ae had @ 30 % loss. Now I am working in power utility company in USA where I didn't heard a single case of malpractice or theft of power and T&D losses is below 4%. Here in America veerybody knows that there is no free lunch. In indian subcontenent people thinks that what ever government provide is free of cost. Before changing technology need to change the attitude and mindset of the people.
satya
September 4, 2012 2:36 pm
I totally agree with you sir... the real change should come from the people side and this happens through ......awareness and proper education. Only right education can bring change in the future generations.
MOHAMMAD
September 4, 2012 4:17 pm
good idea
Zahoor Ahmad
September 4, 2012 6:33 am
FYI the project titled "Design & Implementation of a Prototype for Secure Billing Framework with Real Time Detection of Malicious End Node Connections using wireless Sensor Networks to Curb Electricity Theft" is already being in process under the supervision of two brilliant Dr's at CISNR (Center for Intelligent System and Network Research) UET Peshawar and is funded by ICT R & D.
m m amin
September 5, 2012 1:17 am
my experience with Smart Meter is a disaster...... the meter took only Peak Time readings all 24 hours and has resulted in civil litigation betweem me and the wapda . human element , honest humans are eeded all the same .....Smart Meters alone will not be enough.. m m amin islamabad
mazbut
September 4, 2012 3:13 pm
in a country where power recorders are initially said to be advanced for speed, where the power suppliers are not inclined to redress consumer complaints, where power companies cannot repair and maintain the equipment , where administration is helpless to stop power theft in broad daylight, where the staff lives off by accomplicing power thieves, this talk about smart meters isn't going to help, particularly in slum and low middle class mediocre area.
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