Jakarta, Indonesia — (METERING.COM) — October 29, 2010 – Itron Inc. has announced the signing of three major contracts with the Indonesian state-owned electricity utility PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) to supply 800,000 keypad smart payment residential meters to the Java Bali region by the end of the year.
Smart payment technology is becoming increasingly popular in the region with utilities seeking to implement revenue protection measures as well as to help consumers to better manage their electricity consumption. Using the keypad, the energy is loaded onto the meter by entering a 20 digit code which credits the equivalent kWh onto the meter. The credit can be purchased by consumers from a supply authority or approved vendor.
PLN’s objective is to provide almost all new electricity connections with keypad meters and to replace old residential meters progressively.
“We prefer to use keypad smart payment meters, as they improve the efficiency of our existing postpaid billing and collection process as well as allowing the full optimization of our human resources by utilizing the services of our meter readers in other areas,” said Ngurah Adnyana, PLN director operation of Java Bali.
Installation is underway with more than half of the meters delivered and the remaining expected to be completed by the end of the year. In addition to supplying the meters, Itron is also providing training on installation and meter operation.