Metering Industry Capable of Delivering 240 Million Smart Prepaid Meters: IEEMA

The conference highlighted key challenges and knowledge sharing on various aspects of metering including communication systems, emerging technologies, design and testing, and data acquisition and management. The conference also showcased the best practices in metering space

August 19, 2019. By News Bureau

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The 8th Edition of Metering India by IEEMA Meter Division was held on August 8-9, 2019 at Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi. The two-day Conference received an overwhelming response with the presence of more than 530 delegates. The theme of the conference was “Widening Horizons”.

The conference highlighted key challenges and knowledge sharing on various aspects of metering including communication systems, emerging technologies, design and testing, and data acquisition and management. The conference also showcased the best practices in metering space.

Harish Agarwal - President, IEEMA was of the view that, “A new range of ‘smart meters’ can bring efficiency to how India manages its electricity, by checking data-entry errors and billing efficiencies and cutting the costs of manual meter reading through web-based monitoring system”.

Ashish Tandon - Chairman, IEEMA Meter Division said, “The Indian Metering Industry is fully capable of delivering 240 Million Smart Prepaid Meters. We have all the desired capacity and capabilities to design, develop, manufacture and ship these meters from state of art manufacturing units within India, which is fully aligned with our Honorable Prime minister’s vision of “Make In India”. However, we require support from the utilities and the ministry to fulfil this vision; firstly, a realistic time frame to be laid down so that the goal can be achieved practically. Secondly, consolidation of technologies is required and thirdly realistic price expectations; if we get the right volumes, we will surely achieve the right price and lastly we have to move from buyer seller L1 mode to partnership mode.”

The two-day session witnessed panel discussion and paper presentation on various aspects of Metering segment. Among the 22 papers presented during the two-day session, three papers were selected for best paper awards: Sylvain Vittecoq from Cyan Connode, Stockholm, Sweden was presented with the first ‘Best Paper Award’ on "A model for evaluating different communication technologies for AMI”. The Second Best Paper Award was presented to Nimisha Chauhan from Secure Meters on "A journey towards intrastate DSM". While P.K. Patnaik from OPTCL received the third best paper award for his paper on "Practical issues & its solution note for Energy Metering System among Power Players".

During Metering India 2019, Alok Gupta - Former Member Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission & Member CEA was presented with the Life Time award for his contribution and remarkable services to the Metering Industry in India.

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