Bengaluru residents could finally have smart meters that provide power consumption details.
About time: After repeated delays, the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) will finally begin installing smart meters. The rollout will start in the next couple of months in households and commercial establishments. The plan had been in the planning stage for a long time.
- Analogue meters are outdated and don’t provide a lot of information. A smart meter is an electronic device that records information like consumption and power factor. It can help in billing. If there’s a power cut, BESCOM will know about it and can act quickly.
- They can record near real-time information and report them regularly at some short intervals. It has two-way communication with the central system.
When & where? Officials said tenders would be floated for the pilot phase. Once the company is finalised, they’ll begin installation in houses and shops. They’ll begin work in Indiranagar and Malleshwaram.