Paraguay’s state utility has implemented remote residential electricity meter reading in the capital Asunción and the Central department.
The Telemedición (remote meter reading) project is fitting GPRS modems to meter cabinets with more than 30 meters, in particular when these are in locations that are difficult or dangerous to access by meter readers.
ANDE reports that 1,410 remote meter reading systems have been installed to date. The company is on track to complete 2,000 by the end of the year.
The Central department is adjacent to Asunción and is the smallest but most populous of Paraguay’s 17 departments.
The project has been under way for about a year, following a 70 meter pilot in Asunción in late 2018.
The goal of the project is to improve the meter reading process and eliminate the problems associated with estimated billing in locations with limited access, such as apartment blocks and gated communities.
In the meantime, ANDE is continuing to expand its meter reading force with the goal to reach 100% meter reading coverage.
The latest intake of 80 new officials who are being deployed in Asunción and the interior of the country for meter reading and bill distribution are divided between the Regional Management directorate and the Commercial Management’s reading and census department.
ANDE alongside its meter reading advances, is undertaking other upgrades across the company as its digitalises its processes. It has recently completed installation of a new SCADA system, GE’s e-terra, and is acquiring a new SAP resource planning package. Both replace approximately 20-year old systems.