Utility usage data via mobile app?

An office worker using his mobile phone at Raffles Place.
An office worker using his mobile phone at Raffles Place. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

You could soon find out how much water, electricity and gas your family is using through a mobile application on cellphones and tablets.

The Energy Market Authority, national water agency PUB and Singapore Power have called for proposals to develop and test technologies that will allow water, electricity and gas meters to be read remotely in a reliable and cost-effective way.

The trial will start in early 2018 and last for six months.

Currently, meters are read manually only once every two months, but the agencies hope the smart solutions proposed will allow consumers to see how much utilities they are consuming every half an hour.

If this smart metering system proves successful after the trial, it will be implemented across the island with dual benefits - help households cut down on the unnecessary use of utilities and save on manpower.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2016, with the headline 'Utility usage data via mobile app?'. Print Edition | Subscribe