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MEA enters joint venture to develop Smart Metro Grid

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MEA enters joint venture to develop Smart Metro Grid

By THE NATION

 

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The Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) is embarking on a joint venture to install smart meters for some 33,000 households in a move to pilot the government’s smart city initiative.

 

 

MEA governor Keerapat Jiamset said on Friday (January 17) that the authority had signed a memorandum of understanding with Forth and Yip In Tsoi in a joint venture to undertake the “Smart Metro Grid” project with a budget of Bt1.149 billion.

 

“This project aims to improve electrical services to fully support the modern lifestyle of people in metropolitan areas using digital technology,” he said.

 

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“It is expected to be completed by 2022. The project includes installation of smart meters and two-way communication devices that will enable the MEA to monitor electricity usage in real time and pinpoint the locations where power malfunctions occur so as to deploy corrective measures as quickly as possible.

 

“Data collected by smart meters will be analysed to increase efficiency and minimise malfunction occurrences for future planning of the power grid system, with the focus on creating a foundation for the government’s smart city development plan.

 

“Furthermore, the smart meter will be more effective in preventing stealing of electricity by third parties as compared to a traditional meter,” the governor said.

 

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In the first phase of the project, MEA aims to install 33,265 smart meters for electricity users in selected areas of Bangkok, Samut Prakarn and Nonthaburi provinces free of charge. “The smart metro grid in the second phase will continue to cover the entire metropolitan areas after we evaluate the effectiveness of the first phase and make necessary adjustments,” Keerapat added.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/biz-moves/30380748?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=internal_referral

 

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-- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-01-19

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6 hours ago, rooster59 said:

“Furthermore, the smart meter will be more effective in preventing stealing of electricity by third parties as compared to a traditional meter,”

I wonder how prevalent this is in places where they will actually install smart meters.

I hope they do a better job than the UK with their roll out although here they won't have the issue of households changing suppliers and making the Smart function dumb.....

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". . . the smart meter will be more effective in preventing stealing of electricity by third parties as compared to a traditional meter,” the governor said.

 

Yeah, but. . .  what about the downside of these controversial gadgets, which appear to be creating waves (and not just of the potentially harmful EMF kind) - wherever they are installed.

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Also missing from The Nation's warm and fuzzy piece of PR (clearly composed with one eye on potential advertisers) is whether Big Mango residents can can choose whether or not to have one of the new meters.

 

Or was all the junta's pre-election talk of democracy just. . . well talk?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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They should focus on getting a reliable power supply  to most of the country first..no use having a "smart city" with  constant blackout and brownouts  absolutely  no good for IT  equipment.

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smart grid?

 

i'd be more impressed with a smart sewer that's able to drain off more than 30 minutes of moderate rainfall without resulting in half a day of soi-poo-stew.

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