Jazz, CISNR (Centre for Intelligent Systems and Network Research) and PESCO have collaborated on a pilot project that is aimed at ending power theft and curbing the electricity losses.
The government of Pakistan has also approached the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for providing financial aid of $900 million for implementing the project throughout the nation.
The pilot project, which could cost an approximated amount of 200,000 pounds would be launched in the month of February and would be facilitating 25,000 customers of Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO).
Jazz Pakistan has been awarded the GSMA Mobile for the progress in utility innovation fund for their “Energy and Line Losses Reduction in Pakistan” idea along with the CISNR and PESCO for solving the prevalent issue of power theft in the country. After doing comprehensive analysis and study, the GSMA gave the grant to Jazz in order to aid with the project implementation.
Ali Naseer—the Chief Corporate and Enterprise Officer at Jazz said that providing empowerment to the customers digitally is no small achievement and needs constant reinvention and creativity. He added that there is another philosophy to address for providing ease to masses as they use important utility services.
The solution would majorly be using the extensive connectivity of Jazz for monitoring and managing the distribution boxes, grid feeders and transformers in order to make an efficient mechanism for handling points of failure, theft locations and malfunctioning lines.
The grant would be used to source and impose these devices all over the particular subdivisions of PESCO. The devices would be provided by CISNR, while the connectivity and infrastructure hosting would be given by Jazz.
The project would take nearly 6 months to complete, while a year’s time would be needed for the project implementation throughput the nation.
For sure this is an impactful solution, as per estimates this project would not only be decreasing the 54 percent losses of PESCO to 10 percent, however, it would also be creating jobs for a total of 10,000 engineers.