The project “Automated Electricity Meter” aims to move away from the traditional method of manual reading of electricity meters in which an individual has to physically record the reading. Instead the project proposes to successfully be able to take the meter reading automatically without having a person be physically present while taking the reading, thereby reducing manpower requirement. This system helps the users by alerting them about the peak loads (max energy consumption), power status (ON/OFF), billing status etc. The voice alerts could be in any local language. Hence this system can be used across the world. The typical voice alerts are “Over load”, “Pay electricity bill”, “Turn off the lights” etc. This system also consists of a LCD display that continuously displays the energymeter readings in real-time. This consists of Real-time clock for calculating the average,max and minimum readings with respect to time. This information is display on a LCD display. As the project name suggests, the vision of our project is to create an automated environment for the purpose of meter readings and thus reduce the dependency on human resources. Thus the Talking Energymeter/Smart energymeter would be the an interactive representative of the company for the purpose of taking readings without involving human error.
1.1.1 DESCRIPTION OF ELECTRIC METER
An electric meter or energy meter is a device that measures the amount of electrical energy consumed by a residence, business organisation, or an institution.
Electric meters are typically calibrated in billing units, the most common one being the kilowatt hour. Periodic reading of electric meters establishes billing cycles and energy used during a cycle.
When energy savings during certain periods are desired, meters may measure demand, the maximum use of power in some interval. In some areas, the electric rates are higher during certain times of day, to encourage reduction in