In West Africa, the public distribution company, Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) in partnership with telecommunication companies are continuing with the installation of new Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) devices at all telecom cell sites in the Volta Region.
AMR devices promote transparency
According to the Business Day Ghana, the installation of AMR devices shows ECG’s determination to maintain the reliability of all its meter installations, while promoting transparency in its relations with customers.
Business Day Ghana reported that ECG has so far installed approximately 170 AMR devices against a total of 270 telecom cell sites in the Volta region.
As part of the partnership, the power distributor supplies the meters and the telecoms companies provide cables as well as other materials required for the installations.
AMR devices accessed via the web
Volta Regional commercial manager of ECG Sylvester Abrefah-Besea was pleased with the success of the project and he applauded the partnership between the telecoms companies and Electricity Company of Ghana.
Abrefah-Besea highlighted that as per the partnership, the telecoms companies will be provided with a web application, which will aid them to monitor their power consumption on the meter.
“Our field officers often had problems gaining access to read the meters at most cell sites because these facilities are under lock and key. Now, even before we print out the monthly bills, a customer can know what he has consumed by the click of a button,” he said.
In terms of security concerns he stated: “The AMR meter has an alarm system that will immediately trigger when anyone tampers with it or tries to engage in an illegality.”