Goodbye Digital Meters and Hello to Smart Meters – Reap the benefits of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
To think forward and prepare for the future, sometimes we need to change perspectives and say our goodbyes. This is true within smart metering and now the technology rapidly evolving, it is a perfect time to say goodbye to digital meters. Though digital meters have been a good choice for utilities for decades but in today’s digital world where communication and connectivity are vital, “good” is no longer enough.
Deployment of smart meters in Malaysia would enable remote recording of meter readings using wireless and communication technologies. According to TechSci Research report “Malaysia Smart Meter Forecast and Opportunities, 2023” the market for smart meters in Malaysia is projected to grow at a CAGR of around 12% during 2016-20. Major factors likely to drive implementation of smart meters in the country include higher operational efficiencies, improvements in outage management and reduction in consumption on inactive meters.
Advanced Metering Infrastructure system is referred to as a smart metering infrastructure system involves of digital electricity meters and communication networks facilitating 2-way communication between utilities and end-users. Development of integrated and IIoT-enabled power grid and other support software to analyze the patterns, the increase in the use of smart meters along with digitalization initiatives across regions, provide beneficial opportunities in AMI market.
During the Movement Control Order (MCO), Malaysians are using more electricity than usual as they are mostly house-bound to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) Chairman, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, a significant increase in domestic electricity bills in the last few months is due to many Malaysians working from home or spending more time indoors. He added that the usage of electricity in the residential sector saw a spike of between 20% and 50%. On June 11, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) today clarified that allegations of a rise in a consumer’s electricity bill by as much as 600 percent a month during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period were inaccurate.
Thus, Smart Meters are the right choice to overcome this issue. Smart meters are ‘smart’ because they communicate directly with the energy suppliers. They send details of user’s energy usage so that the user get an accurate bill and no more estimates, no one coming to read user’s meter, and no need for users to send readings themselves. It’s all done automatically.
Pestech Energy’s AMI represents a complete solution for Smart Metering. It is a direct evolution of traditional meter applications. Our AMI platform leverages on an innovative last-mile connectivity options such as Power Line Carrier (PLC) & Wireless protocols which allow smooth, non-disruptive installation and lower the cost of ownership. Pestech AMI is a guideline to improved service levels & add valued proposition towards asset owners, tenants and utility.
Image 1: 3-phase meter with embedded PLC Communication module
These are just a few of the many benefits you can reap by replacing digital meters with our smart meters in your properties. Below you’ll find out more about the above and other benefits that have made so many people work with Pestech Energy to make the shift:
Key Features of AMI Solution:
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- Sivanandam, H.a/p, 2020. Spike in electricity bills due to MCO. The Star Online.