An IoT initiative has taken by IESCO to use Android Smartphones for electricity meter readings
Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) to use Android smartphones for electricity meter readings for both commercial and house consumers. For this purpose initially five divisions of Rawalpindi region have been selected for a test run. The regions include:
- Tariq Abad
- Satellite Town
Furthermore all electricity supply companies have been instructed by the authorities to conduct meter readings digitally. To ensure the instructions from the government, IESCO trained and educated a group of 300 meter readers for the digitization of the meter readings but unfortunately the outcome of the training was not up to the mark and ended up unacceptable for the IESCO.
In order to manage the digitization of the meter readings and to obey the orders from the government, IESCO decided to take on another strategy and that is to use Android smartphones for meter readings. For this purpose IESCO have decided to provide Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime smartphones to the meter readers for taking electricity meter readings. All the meter readers will be provided training on how to use and carry out the meter readings from the Android smartphones.
Despite of this, IESCO is also planning to provide pictures on the electricity bills generated by the company to give an authentic proof to the consumers and to overcome the issues of incorrect and mistaken meter readings. So far this step hasn’t produced any results.
This is a great initiative started by the government; this will not only help in decreasing the complaints ratio but will also help the authorities to resolve complaints in a lesser amount of time. This will further help the electricity supply companies and the ministry of water and power to reduce and overcome power theft through meter reading.