Malaysian utility moves to AMR

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) of Malaysia plans to replace manually read meters with 60,000 AMR units over the next three years. The national utility company had already installed 1,500 AMR units on a trial basis earlier this year.

The new meters, which use GSM (global system for mobile communication) technology, are intended for the utility’s large bulk customers, who account for 70-80% of its revenue. TNB believes it will recoup the investment within a year, thanks to improved reading accuracy and reduced meter reading and meter maintenance costs.