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18 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM

Technology makes meter readers' job easier

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Lao Wei has been working as an electricity meter reader for more than ten years. He used to go from house to house to collect the electricity charges. Starting late 2018, the smart ammeter makes his job easier. Now Lao Wei and his colleagues can do their jobs with some mouse clicks.

Lao Wei, or Wei Zhequan, is 41 years old. He is head of the first Guandu meter reading group of Kunming Yaolong Power Distribution and Consumption Operation Co., Ltd. Last year, Yunnan Power Grid introduced the smart ammeter and the low voltage collective meter-reading system, totally changing the job of Lao Wei and other meter readers.

Since the reform and opening up, Yunnan’s installed electricity capacity has increased from 1.3 million kilowatts in 1978 to the current 93.2 million kilowatts. Lao Wei has not only witnessed but also benefited from the rapid development.

When interviewed, Lao Wei took great trouble to fish from inside a drawer several sets of keys to ammeter boxes, a worn-out flashlight and a meter reading copier. He told me that when an ammeter was too high, it would require a telescope. These things are witnesses to the development of times.

In the past years, Lao Wei first read the mechanical ammeter and then the pulse ammeter. He had to take down the readings one by one and summarized them. It took him four or five days to complete reading all the ammeters of the 8,000-some households in his charge. “Now I just make some mouse clicks. The customers can accurately check their electricity charges at any time,” Lao Wei looked at the computer and said.

                       

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