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Singapore calls for help in smart metering trial

Steve Rogerson
October 26, 2016
Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA), national water agency PUB and Singapore Power have issued a call for proposals (CfP) to develop technology for a smart metering trial. This trial is aimed at enabling electricity, gas and water meters to be read remotely, and providing more timely usage data to consumers to help them better manage their utility consumption.
“Through the provision of more timely usage information, we hope to empower consumers to better manage their energy and water consumption, and reduce their utility bills,” said Ng Wai Choong, chief executive of EMA. “This builds on our recent effort to improve the design of utilities bill to enable consumers to compare their utility usage with those in their neighbourhood.”
Currently, most of the electricity meters in Singapore are cumulative meters. They are read once every two months manually, together with gas and water meters. The CfP invites interested parties to develop and trial smart products for remotely reading all three meters reliably and cost-effectively.
“We look forward to the outcome of this pioneering trial which aims to develop a common platform to enable automated meter reading for electricity, gas and water in Singapore,” said Michael Toh, PUB director for water supply network. “Such technologies will enable us to give our customers timely consumption data and alerts to better monitor their usage and more importantly, remind them to conserve and use water wisely.”
The trial also includes the development of a mobile application to provide consumers with timely and useful information on their electricity, water and gas consumption via their personal mobile devices such as mobile phones and tablets. This aims to enhance consumers’ awareness of their consumption patterns.
“This trial builds on the smart electricity metering system we are deploying island-wide, to help consumers save energy and cost,” said Singapore Power’s group chief executive officer Wong Kim Yin. “The next-generation solutions will complement initiatives like the redesigned utilities bill and our public education programmes to encourage everyone to make energy saving a way of life.”
Interested parties are invited to submit their proposals for the trial before the end of January 2017.