Displaying their prototype at the ongoing Armed Forces Exhibition at Dasara Exhibition Grounds in the city, seventh semester students Anil Kumar K, Praveen S L, Harish Desai and Ranjith have developed an alternate electricity meter which displays the bill generated for the total units consumed during the month.
It also displays the due date for payment of bills.The advantage is that you don’t have to wait for meter reader from the electricity board such as Cesc to hand over the bill at your house. Instead, you can check the bill on the LCD screen attached to the meter.
A SIM card attached to the metre sends the information to the electricity board. Whenever a customer pays the bill, a message is sent and the account is reset on the meter and the new billing cycle starts. If a person fails to pay the bill, then a message can be sent by the electricity board officials to terminate the electricity connection through the SIM connected to the electric meter. As soon as a payment is made, a message is sent immediately to reactivate power supply, instead of the earlier practiced laborious process wherein an electrician had to come along to provide the electricity connection.
If a person tries to tamper with the meter, a message is sent immediately to the board indicating that a problem has occurred. Based on the fault the board can take necessary action on the erring customer.
The students have undertaken the project as ‘Remote billing of electrical energy and connection management’ under the guidance of lecturer Kaveri K B.