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The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) has decided to install prepaid smart electricity meters enabled with 4G and 5G SIM cards for its electricity consumers.

BEST provides electricity along with the bus transportation services to the city.

According to reports, this smart meter will help to eliminate the possibility of errors that takes place during manual meter readings and will also enable consumers to monitor their electricity usage on a daily or even an hourly basis.

With these meters, not only there will be no need of physically taking the reading of meters but will also help to avoid arrears or outstanding bills, as the consumer will be paying the bill in advance. The customers, as well as the electricity supplier, can also remotely operate through the application to turn off and turn on the electric supply.

BEST officials said that the prepaid smart meters will have state-of-the-art technology and can work without human intervention. Consumers can recharge their accounts similarly as they top up their mobile phone recharge plans according to their needs.

For this, a mobile application will be prepared that will show how much electricity is being consumed on a day-to-day basis and will also help consumers to analyse their needs, an official said. Accordingly, they can regulate their usage of electricity.

The electricity provider aims to replace 10.8 lakh meters within a year and has floated a tender for an Appointment of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Service Provider, who will implement the Prepaid Smart Metering Project on Design-Build-Finance-Own-Operate-Transfer (DBFOOT) basis.

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