GSM based Prepaid Electricity Energy meter
Prepaid Electricity Energy Meter is a concept in which we can recharge its balance, like we do in our mobile phones. In this paper an automated system is built using Arduino and GSM module. Electricity balance can be recharged through this system, just by sending a SMS. This system will read the energy meter readings and automatically send some updates to user’s mobile phone like low balance alert, cut off alert, resume alert and recharge alert. It disconnects the home power supply connection, if there is low or zero balance in the system. The aim of the work is to minimize the queue at the energy meter billing counters and to restrict the usage of energy meter automatically, if the bill is not paid. The proposed GSM-based system also aims at reducing the loss of power and revenue due to power thefts and other illegal activities.
Keywords: Energy meter, GSM, Arduino, Wireless communication.