Over a lakh, people in Telangana have been taking power meter readings via an app on a regular basis to get insights on power usage to curb leakages and work towards energy conservation. The process began last May, and Sikinder Reddy Chandra, CEO of Bharat Smart Services (Coral Innovations), shares that the app comes in handy for self-generation of bills in case the meter reader’s schedule is delayed.
The platform is also used by eight other utilities across the country, and in all, more than 3 lakh people use it, with Telangana accounting for more than a lakh users. The T-Hub-based start-up has created a platform that allows consumers to use their smartphones to capture the energy meter reading in real-time. The platform uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to make it foolproof for meter reading and billing.
The data is sent to power utilities like the TSSPDCL and TSNPDCL of the state. It is also integrated with HMWSSB as well for getting water bills. According to Reddy, delay in issuing the bill extends the billing cycle for the utilities, and self bill generation addresses this aspect as well for the utilities, adding that it will also come in handy for industries and bulk users to plan their operations and maintenance.
The whole process is simple as the meter is on the house premises and nowadays everyone has a smartphone. All one needs to do is click a picture of the display unit and submit it. Also, the best part is it can be used on all types of meters that are in use, and the bill is generated instantaneously. Reddy says their firm has set a target of reaching out to 10 lakh customers by March-end. He says it will also be ideal if bills cannot be manually generated just in case a lockdown is imposed.