When a country gets a big investment, not only is it good for the company bringing the capital, it’s also great for the recipient country. Thus, both India and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) should be smiling right now, according to a recent report in Money Control. The AMR contract (automation of metering and billing) has just been awarded to TCS “of high tension industrial consumers in Haryana.”
According to “an official spokesman of power distribution company Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN), the contract will involve 3,200 consumers in 11 districts. These include: Panchkula, Ambala, Yamuna Nagar, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Karnal, Panipat, Sonepat, Rohtak, Jhajjar and Jind.”
In addition, the project is meant to be finished in the next half a year. Much of the work will be based on the most up-to-date GPRS technology and is the first time this has been used in Northern India (with the exception of Delhi).
All the HT Industrial consumer premises will receive GPRS modems and meter data “will be transferred to server installed in Head office at Panchkula through these modems.” Through the project, the consumers’ meter reading will be “transferred online to the headquarter.” What’s great about the project is that it will require no human intervention because of the use of “automatic meter reading, billing and regular data analysis.” As well, there will be the opportunity for close observation of the consumption of electricity that will “help the UHBVN in preventing the losses due to pilferage of power.”
In addition, this project is set to improve the accuracy of billing and make savings in manpower. In addition, the transfer of power factor will be covered, as well as “time of day consumption, tamper events and half load survey data etc.”