e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. 9th International Conference, AFRICOMM 2017, Lagos, Nigeria, December 11-12, 2017, Proceedings

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Design and Implementation of a Smart Meter

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-98827-6_9,
        author={Florien Gumyusenge and Jeannette Mukamana and Robert Mugisha and Aminata Garba and Martin Saint},
        title={Design and Implementation of a Smart Meter},
        proceedings={e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. 9th International Conference, AFRICOMM 2017, Lagos, Nigeria, December 11-12, 2017, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={AFRICOMM},
        year={2018},
        month={8},
        keywords={Smart meter GSM module Arduino microcontroller},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-98827-6_9}
    }
    
  • Florien Gumyusenge
    Jeannette Mukamana
    Robert Mugisha
    Aminata Garba
    Martin Saint
    Year: 2018
    Design and Implementation of a Smart Meter
    AFRICOMM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-98827-6_9
Florien Gumyusenge1,*, Jeannette Mukamana1,*, Robert Mugisha1,*, Aminata Garba1,*, Martin Saint1,*
  • 1: Carnegie Mellon University
*Contact email: fgumyuse@andrew.cmu.edu, jmukaman@andrew.cmu.edu, rmugisha@andrew.cmu.edu, aminata@andrew.cmu.edu, msaint@andrew.cmu.edu

Abstract

This paper presents the design and the implementation of a smart meter for prepaid electricity using an Arduino microcontroller, a global system for mobile communication (GSM) module, and a liquid crystal display (LCD). The smart meter allows users to remotely recharge their meter after purchasing prepaid electricity using a mobile phone. It also allows the meter owner to receive notifications about the level of prepaid credit available in the meter, the meter status, and a threshold for recharge notifications. This paper also discusses the advantages of the proposed system to customers, and the utility company, as well as some of the challenges encountered, and provides recommendations to various stakeholders.