China Mobile International (Malaysia) shares initiatives that could form a more effective and seamless future for the nation
The Covid-19 outbreak which disrupted industries globally had also in return accelerated the digital transformation that was taking place. Businesses saw the urgency it brought and had sped the process that was slowly transforming their day-to-day operations.
Traditional methods which involved manual labour proved to be obsolete during the Movement Control Order (MCO) as some did not fall under the essential job category and companies have had to wait to be approved by the Government.
Adapting to changing times
One particular instance is traditional meters which still requires utility personnel to go from house-to-house and read them in-person. “Traditional meters of utility, energy and manufacturing companies require massive labour costs. This was an apparent struggle during Covid-19 for utility companies to record meter reading amidst government lockdown,” says China Mobile International (CMI) Malaysia.
In order to solve this problem and to aid utility companies to operate more effectively, CMI has introduced smart metering, which helps manufacturing industries to harness IoT to expand digital intelligence to their entire manufacturing enterprise.
CMI’s smart meter reading devices will be mounted upon the legacy mechanical meters along with a micro camera. “It is adaptable to meters from different manufacturers of different types,” says CMI Malaysia.
It will then utilise IoT connections to get the regular pictures and transform it into digits using AI Technology. This would provide a self-service portal to field engineers, end-users and operators. The device can also be used to manage billing along with customer service management.
“This has been proven to be a success in both China and Japan. In mainland China, one of the largest gas companies provided the service to multiple residences in 3 months and has seen data capture success rate exceeding 99 percent.”
In Japan on the other end, the smart meter devices has been successfully piloted by a telecom operator.
With the ability to operate remotely, the smart meter reading device will prove to be an essential that can transform traditional methods that have been on the decline and at the same time to allowing businesses to be more essential.