JLanka gives Sri Lanka its first smart meter
May 12, 2015
Sri Lanka's residential solar power company JLanka Technologies has introduced the e-Pro1000, Sri Lanka's first smart meter device. It can help every home and office monitor and manage the electricity consumption and other electricity parameters.
"Smart monitoring systems are a new version of the electricity meter that records your household or enterprise energy use," said Nalin Karunasinghe, consultant for research and development at Jlanka Technologies.
He said the new smart meters were smart because they provided information about the energy used directly in each minute, without anyone having to read the meter, which should mean no more estimated bills. They should also help people better understand their consumption and provide the platform for time of use tariff and smart grid concepts.
He also said the smart meter had the ability to convert a home or office to become a smart home or smart office as this technology developed.
The e-Pro 1000 is not just a conventional monitoring device that can monitor electrical power, electrical energy, current, voltage, power factor and frequency, but has the ability to compare different loads at once. Monitoring is done through a web based monitoring portal, which has a secured data protection system.
The device can connect multiple devices to allow monitoring of electricity usage of individual devices separately, which gives the householder the ability to take informed decisions.
Consumers can remotely switch on and off their air conditioners, refrigerators, light bulbs or any other appliances while observing their electricity usage. Another application of e-Pro1000 lets industrial engineers control their maximum demand intelligently. There is a variety of customised applications for the industrial sector, specifically to manage the consumption and to increase efficiency.
Karunasinghe said fixing the IP65 protected smart meter at home would only take about an hour or less and the consumer would need to turn off the electricity for only about 30 minutes during the installation process.