Remote Monitoring And Smart Grids – The Answer To South Africa’s Unsustainable Energy Infrastructure

It’s no secret that the world needs to rethink its approach to sustainability. As underlined at the last COP26 summit, urban development and human activity are causing unprecedented and perhaps permanent damage to our ecosystems, driven by our production of harmful pollutants and excessive energy consumption.

But there’s hope, thanks to the age we live in, an age of incredible technological advancements. The technologies we use to measure and manage our energy consumption will be one of our most important weapons in the fight against climate change.

Smart remote monitoring meters are paving the way for a more sustainable future.

What Is A Remote Monitoring System?

Remote monitoring meters are the most effective and straightforward method of providing off-site monitoring solutions.

It is an external monitoring system that can provide real-time energy readings via easy-to-use web-based software. It allows business owners to monitor voltage, current and power factor levels remotely and set energy-saving benchmarks. Remote meters are ideal for verifying the billing discrepancies from supply authorities or landlords.

Who Benefits From Remote Monitoring Meters?

Organizations in the energy and utility sector and end-users equally stand to benefit from the advent of remote monitoring meters. Remote monitoring has the potential to change the supplier’s function from one of a primary energy provider to one of a trusted adviser.

From an industrial perspective, this new technology can be integrated into the grid. It has the potential to lower expenses, give more transparency, and allow for more flexible pricing.

Remote monitoring can increase energy consumption, grid resilience, outage management, and integrate the supply of renewable energy sources.

Thinking Bigger

Aside from assisting businesses and citizens in achieving efficient energy consumption, the widespread installation of remote monitoring meters can unleash previously undiscovered energy efficiency in the form of a smart energy grid. In South Africa, introducing smart grid infrastructure, as opposed to conventional energy grids, will play an important role in transforming unsustainable infrastructure into a more efficient and reliable solution.

Remote monitoring employs various technologies, such as tutoring, sensors, and networks, to boost the grid’s intelligence and efficiency.

How Would Smart Grid Infrastructure Help Achieve Sustainability?

By 2050, urban regions will house 68 % of the world’s population. These metropolitan surroundings need a dependable and sustainable supply of electricity.

With a smart grid, operators can balance the flow of electricity across the system infrastructure more effectively.  By using the grid’s sensors and smart meters, operators could identify power demand spikes and outages in real-time and respond appropriately to maintain efficiency.

Smart grids will facilitate the integration of renewable energy sources like solar panels. Operators can manage various renewable energy sources strategically dispersed throughout different locations on the grid. As a result, South Africa can benefit from better and more efficient energy infrastructure. Smart grids will allow energy users to play an integral role in the grid.

Want To Be Part Of The Solution?

Energy Management Solutions offers a comprehensive selection of products, ranging from stand-alone installations to multiple points of connection through GSM, LAN, and RF devices. For premises with varied supply sizes, single and three-phase supplies can easily be placed on the same communications network. This ensures you can monitor and manage the efficiency of your property’s water and energy consumption.

With more residential, commercial and industrial properties using remote monitoring infrastructure, we become part of an active and collective solution to our country’s energy sustainability.