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Expect SMS before power outages, supply alerts & technical glitches

Power Ministry to roll out nationwide SMS, web and mobile portal on power outages

Power Cuts

Shreya Jai  |  New Delhi 

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Irked by unscheduled in your area? Soon, you will be able to track power cuts, demand-supply shortfalls and other glitches through a mobile application and a web portal. You will also get SMS and flash message alerts about these.

In a novel initiative, the Union power ministry plans to roll out a nationwide SMS-cum-alert messages service to give real-time data on Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) would develop the broadcast message service along with a mobile application and web portal.

  • SMS to consumers informing about and technical faults
  • National-level initiative to connect transformer-level data, open to consumer feedback
  • Mobile app and web portal to have real-time data on outages, faults
  • REC to develop portal, collect data on a national cloud system

To begin with, 30 discoms across Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Assam, Haryana and Karnataka have agreed, in-principle, to join the programme.

The portal would have database till the last-mile transformer level and would monitor locality-wise power supply position. The data would be provided and updated in real time by the respective discoms in the states and would be synced by REC on the portal.

The portal would be open to feedback from both consumers and discom officials, who will give real-time updates on power supply status. Currently, only a few private discoms such as BSES and Tata Power inform consumers about power cuts or any technical fault. But, the new system mooted the central government would be monitored real-time with back and forth feedback, said an official.

The exercise would involve installing modems on each transformer and link all data to a national cloud service. This cloud data would be visible on the web portal and the mobile app. It would also send out alerts, which the discoms can send across as SMS or broadcast messages.

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First Published: Wed, May 25 2016. 23:37 IST