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Challenge / Goal

As nearly all meters still are and will be non-smart meters it is quite resource-consuming to read each of them manually at point. In addition the documentation is costly as well as the handling of the meter readings for futher processing. All in all the given process is error-prone as it requires manual handling and contains many media breaks. The new solution had to be more convenient for users by intuitive user experience, especially for those with less media & IT competency to overcome a potential "new digital stuff aversion".

Solution

The pixometer smartphone metering approach adapted to the KEM solution now enables automated meter readings just by employing off-the-self mobile devices (smartphone, tablet). The new app "Scan2KM" enhances the KEM solution as a mobile tool for automated meter readings via device camera. Special OCR recognition algorithms as part of the Scan2KEM app automatically recognize and digitze consumption data displayed on a meter counter (analogue & LCD). In addition, each reading is documented as a sharp reference photo. Both data (value + photo) are directly forwarded into the respecting KEM account. So this smart technical enhencement upvalues an estabised software by increasing usability as well as reliability of the values. Handling costs decrease not only because there are no longer media breaks but especially as the need for corrections becomes obsolete.

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Time period

Planning time: < 0.5 years

Implementation time: < 0.5 years

Implementers

pixolus GmbH

Service providers

pixolus GmbH + Netze BW GmbH

End users

municipal energy managers

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