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MAPs: Why CWG’s prepaid meters’ll be oversubscribed by electricity consumers
Since the establishment of the Meter Access Providers (MAPs) via a regulation of the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), about 85 companies have applied and secured the required licence to design, produce and install prepaid meters direct to customers of Discos.
Good enough, leading digital services provider and pioneer ICT company, CWG Plc is a licencee of MAPs.
The company, at a media parley held at their head office in Lekki, Lagos State on Thursday, explained appealing value added services coming with its local content-driven brand of prepaid meters.
The chief executive officer of CWG Plc., Mr. James Agada who addressed members of Nigeria Information Technology Reporters’ Association (NITRA) at the interactive session, pointed out critical comparative advantages coming with its meter products.
According to him, the CWG Smart Utility Solution is coming with tailored Value Added Service (VAS) that will among other things mark an end to power-theft, improve both Disco’s revenues and consumer service experience, provide utility analytics, smart metering, comes with WiFi supported software and power consuming tracking window.
Agada revealed that already, the company is in talks with a number of electricity Distribution Companies (Discos) which will be followed by mass production and delivery.
Explaining more on CWG’s Distribution Transformer Meters, Agada noted that the product is coming with high speed 4G LTE modern inbuilt into the DT meter for data logging with the remote server; Current measurement range up to 1,700 Amperes using Rogowski coils that are immune to DC current; intrinsically safe-No danger of an open circuit secondary; Capable of taking overload current of more than 100,000A without damage; and Web based dashboard view of the energy consumption.
Giving advanced details on how CWG prepaid meters will positively disrupt the metering space in Nigeria and the entire sub-Saharan Africa, the Vice President, Corporate Development at CWG Plc., Mr. Daniel Shobhan Das averred that CWG’s meters are designed and built to save cost on expensive cabling from dual sources. It also comes with single cable input to measure both sources of power.
He added that the product also comes with mobile based energy management and control and also mobile based consumption and billing information from both sources.
Explaining more on One-phase and Three-phase meters produced by CWG Plc., Das revealed that their smart meters are laced with “High Speed 4G LTE modem plus WiFi router inbuilt inside the CIU for wireless internet access; Remote Off/On of electric supply line; Mobile and web based token recharge with manual option as a failsafe measure; Web based dashboard view and control of the energy consumption.