During the past two decades in many parts of the world, smart meters have been the tool of choice to tackle the problem of non-technical losses often caused by theft of electricity. Despite the installation of over 600 million such devices globally, the value of avoidable losses continues to increase; they still represent between 80 and 100 billion dollars of unrealized revenue annually — and the problem remains largely unresolved.
Dark lager beer tastes good. With a little bit of imagination we can also use beer to illustrate something that few Big Data system vendors want to admit when promoting meter data analytics systems to electricity distribution companies. Big Data is missing a key thing to be successful in the meter data analytics paradigm: data.
An introduction to BC Hydro and Awesense working together to reduce electricity theft. Since 2011, when BC Hydro first began their ambitious province-wide smart meter program, Awesense has been working with the utility, providing technology to help run a proactive revenue recovery program and crack down on power theft.
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