- A Week in Smart Metering

Could Africa be the next frontier for smart meters, asks Rose Bundock, editor of
Published: Thu 14 May 2015

This week the Metering & Smart Energy International team is in Cape Town for the annual African Utility Week conference and exhibition.

The event is close to our heart not only because we are part of the same parent company as the event organiser, but also because a gathering like this can actually change life for the better.

Electrification is certainly a buzzword for Africa but so is revenue collection and non-technical losses. African utilities have ambitions to improve service delivery to residential and industrial customers but struggle to ensure bills are paid, from both household and bulk users.

And this is where we see how our industry can bring change, from smart prepaid meters that make it easier for the customer and utility to control payments, to load limiting units that help an energy company to scale back demand when supply is tight.

So is Africa the next frontier for smart meters? We’ll be reporting back with news and views from the event to try to validate this. 


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