THE SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATED ELECTRIC METER READING - BASIC APPLICATION

  VSS ORD APP®


The System for automated electric meter reading (VSS ORD APP®) represents basic model of the overall System and is used for contactless reading of electricity consumption and control of technical accuracy of meters using smart phones.


VSS ORD APP® provides:

  • Recording accurate data on consumption of the meter
  • Photo of meter with electricity consumption
  • Automatic reading of consumption via OCR Engine
  • Possibility of controlling manual data entry on consumption
  • Automatic GPS position as evidence that reader has read the concrete meter
  • Automatic (exact) time of meter reading
  • Recording and control of the validity of distribution seals
  • Registering and alarming of magnet presence near meter
  • Recording all technical characteristics of meters on the field
  • Entering remarks that are present on the field
  • Technical photos of meter – recording technical shortcomings
  • Logic control of data entry on consumption
  • Automatic internet download of meter reading lists to smart phone
  • Automatic internet transfer of data consumption to server of System
  • Keeping records about working on field and efficiency of readers
  • Creating and updating meter reading lists
  • Control of all meters in every monthly reading before sending data to Billing System of Electric Distribution Companies
  • Keeping record of any updates or changes on data consumption on meters
  • Control of operation and effective determination of abuse in recording consumption on meters, etc.

VSS ORD APP® Systems operate with following subsystem:

  • The System for automated identification of electricity theft by magnets – VSS ORD Magnet APP® - as default subsystem that is integrated in basic version of application
  • The System for routing and monitoring work of readers in the field – GPS VSS ORD® - as default subsystem that is integrated in basic version of application
  • The System for security control of meters using electronic RFID seals - VSS ORD RFID Seal® - as add-on subsystem that can be included as upgrade for basic model of the System
  • The System for automated meter reading with IR probes – VSS ORD IR APP®- as add-on subsystem that can be included as upgrade for basic model of the System
  • The System for electronic invoicing and payment of electricity bills on the field - VSS ORD mBilling System®- as add-on subsystem that can be included as upgrade for basic model of the System
  • Software for identifying and locating loses in low voltage (LV) network – VSS ORD ANTI-LOST APP®- as add-on subsystem that can be included as upgrade for basic model of the System

Main benefits of VSS ORD APP® System in reading process of meters are as follows:

  • Reduces the number of meter readers which reduces operating costs up to 30% in reading process
  • Reduces commercial and technical losses in distribution of electricity from 30% up to 50%, through following mechanisms
    • Eliminates manual data entry on electricity consumption in the Billing System by overwriting data from paper reading sheets, which significantly reduces the need for manpower, but also prevents errors of data entry (retyping)
    • For each meter read there is a photo that shows consumption of the meter, with "embossing" these data on photos of meter which thus become unique and authentic, and dramatically eliminates the existence of any consumer’s complaints, recording non-existent consumption (abuse)
    • For each meter read there is the exact time and GPS position of reading, therefore in this way we eliminate the possibility of tuning data of electricity consumption for consumers in the field
    • There is an automated System for recording all possible situations (anomalies on meters and meters points, as well as in the process of meter reading) in the field, presenting the right image of reading, as well as recording the real situation on the field and electricity consumption of consumers
    • System for writing a ‘’0’’ consumption of non-read meters is disabled which was one of the main reasons for “fixing" the consumption of certain users
    • System for writing non-existent (reduced) consumption to specific consumers is disabled, because there are photos for each meter reading
    • There is a System for automatic recording of abuse by placing a magnet on a meter
    • Consumption control of meters is carried out on total number of meters for every reading, and not on much smaller sample (up to 20% of the meters – by sending inspector on the field). In that way, data that are delivered to the Billing System for printing bills are very accurate and credible. Therefore, we receive the right image of condition and technical correctness of measuring points on the field
    • Number of workers in control and their involvement is reduced to a shorter period
    • System for proper management of database is introduced: type, model, year and manufacturer of meters; keeping accurate record on installation date of seals on meters; keeping proper record of control accuracy and calibration of meters, etc.
    • Percentage of read meters increases up to over 95 %!