Malaysian electricity utility opts for AMR


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — (METERING.COM) — June 20, 2007 – Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Malaysia’s largest electricity utility, has signed a contract with Itron Inc. and local partner Impianas Sdn Berhad for deployment of Itron Enterprise Edition (IEE) meter data management (MDM) software. The installation of this software is a key component of the utility’s largest remote meter reading (RMR) technology initiative, that includes 90,000 low voltage C&I meters, in order to automate meter data collection, analysis and billing process.  

IEE meter data management software is an enterprise data management solution that collects energy consumption information and builds a central repository of data that can be accessed and applied to optimize the efficiency of the electric distribution system. The software enables the consolidation and management of data from dissimilar meter devices. IEE enables TNB to collect, analyse and manage data daily from its population of C&I meters in a single place. The installed system will enable TNB to introduce state-of-the-art technology in meter data management and customer service, while streamlining business processes and increasing overall efficiency.  

“We will be able to obtain a very detailed profile of the customer’s load, which our current metering system cannot do,” said Datuk Aishah Abdul Rauf, vice president for TNB. “In the long term this will translate into savings for us, and the data will help our customers be more energy efficient.”

Impianas Sdn Bhd is Itron’s business associate in Malaysia and will provide full project management.

“This initiative will provide TNB with an end-to-end solution for remote meter reading for our C&I customers,” said Fadil Helmi, general manager of Impianas Sdn Bhd. “It will equip TNB with a data collection and production centre, a disaster recovery centre, GSM as communication infrastructure and remote equipment at the meter sites of TNB large power consumer locations.”