Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has awarded ACTOM Protection & Control (P&C) a three-year frame contract for the provision of state-of-the-art maximum demand meters for measuring and monitoring electricity use by bulk consumers.
Bulk consumers comprise mainly large commercial and industrial businesses. The demand meters P&C has been contracted to supply are those produced by its China-based metering technology partners.
Ekurhuleni Municipality placed its first order with P&C shortly after the award of the frame main contract early last year. The order, for the supply of 1150 three-phase current transformer- and/or voltage transformer-operated maximum demand meters in the voltage range of 58 V to 415 V, was supplied on schedule in October last year.
“The meters we supply form part of an integrated Automated Meter Reading (AMR) system that is being established at Ekurhuleni,” explained Leon de Nysschen, P&C’s Manager, Electrical Metering.
“Another specialist service provider has been contracted to provide the AMR service, which collates and interprets the data provided by our meters and makes it available through a web interface to Ekurhuleni for billing and monitoring purposes.”
The AMR system uses a General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) modem that interfaces with the bulk meter and, via an Access Point Name (APN) network, collects the metered data from the bulk consumers, processes it into the form required by Ekurhuleni and makes it available via the Internet to the municipality’s data centre.
“As part of our bulk meters supply contract we are required to provide the metering protocol in order for the AMR system to be developed to translate the metered data into a form that the AMR system is able to read and interpret,” said De Nysschen.
ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is the largest manufacturer, solution provider, repairer and distributor of electro-mechanical equipment in Africa, offering a winning and balanced combination of manufacturing, service, repairs, projects and distribution through its 40 distribution outlets throughout Southern Africa.
ACTOM is also a major local supplier of electrical equipment, services and balance of plant to the renewable energy projects.
It also holds numerous technology, distribution and value added reseller agreements with various partners, both locally and internationally.
For further information contact Leon de Nysschen, ACTOM Protection & Control
PO Box 13024, Knights 1413
Tel (011) 820-5319 Fax (011) 820-5323
Press release compiled by Julian Kraft, J Kraft Public Relations
PO Box 2826 Wilropark 1731
Tel (011) 472-6686 Cell 082-894-9609
Date: September 7, 2015
Caption: Lerato Kumalo, Technical Sales person in ACTOM Protection & Control’s metering department, displays one of the maximum demand meters being supplied for Ekurhuleni’s AMR system.