How Egypt’s new unified electricity reading system works

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Thu, 14 May 2020 - 11:32 GMT

Electricity meters - Pixabay/Geralt

Electricity meters - Pixabay/Geralt

CAIRO – 13 May 2020: The Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, in cooperation with Shuaa Company, succeeded in applying the unified electricity reading system that aims to eliminate false meters readings and electricity bills problems.

In the below lines, et provides details on the standardized reading program:

1- The program eliminates the false meters’ readings that rely on recording the average consumption and not the actual reading.

2- The program compels employees at the department to go out to the citizens and record the actual reading by taking pictures of the meters.

3- The program is designed so that the reading device will not work unless projected in front of the meter.

4- The first reading is recorded by taking pictures of the meter, so any manipulation will be detected. The program aims to guarantee the right of both the state in receiving its dues, and the citizen in only paying for his actual consumption.

5- The program will send the picture of the meter to both the Electricity Distribution Company and to Shuaa Company in a bid to eliminate any attempt to manipulate the bill.

6- The program saves the pictures of the readings for three months so that consumers can retain the pictures in case they want to complain about their billings. After this period, the pictures are removed automatically from the system.

False readings are expected to disappear by the end of 2020 due to the new system. The devices will be distributed among readers of Shuaa company in charge of meters readings in Egypt.

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