Electricity Theft Detection & Prevention using Artificial Intelligence for African Utilities
- Dec 2, 2019 9:45 pm GMT
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Modern smart grids rely on advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) networks for monitoring and billing purposes. Unfortunately, an approach such as this does suffer from electricity theft globally.
The AMI networks rely heavily on smart meters located on the customer’s premises to frequently report their energy consumption. However, this approach has the potential to hinder traditional physical electricity theft including line hooking or meter tampering (especially in the low-income areas).
Non-Technical losses result in high financial losses for several countries such as the United States ($6 billion/year) and India ($17 billion/year). Nigeria lost almost 40% of its electricity revenue due to non-technical losses.
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