The FINANCIAL — Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company has been committed to provide value added services to its consumers. Keeping this philosophy, Tata Power commissioned one of the largest radio frequency (RF) metering projects in India taking a step towards providing error free bills and eliminating the entry process of a utility person in premises for meter reading. The company has benefitted by lowering the carbon footprint involved in a typical meter reading exercise along with saving man-hours and cost of manual meter reading and data punching.
The project includes installation of meters with RF communication, data concentrator units (DCU), head end software and meter data acquisition system (MDAS). Meter data is collected every hour through RF mesh network communication and transmitted to a central server using GPRS network. Data received is used for automated generation of bills ruling out any human intervention. The company has been able to achieve a success rate of more than 98 percent for monthly billing using these meters. The company has successfully implemented this low power RF based remote meter reading solution for more than 5,000 retail consumers in residential and commercial complexes in Mumbai, according to Tata Sons Ltd.
Speaking on the remarkable feat, Ashok Sethi, COO and ED, Tata Power said, “We, at Tata Power have always strived hard in bringing in the best to our customers. The commissioning of one of the largest radio frequency metering projects in the country further reinforces our commitment towards it. We are thankful to our partners in helping us achieve this remarkable feat and also benefit the environment by lowering the overall carbon footprint and reducing on the man-hours in operations.”
The commissioning of the project from Tata Power is supported by Larsen & Toubro, Cyan Technology (UK) and Neosilica Technologies (Hyderabad). This is the largest end to end project based on RF communication in the country and will surely help in building a strong and sustainable relationship with the consumers.