Lanka Electricity Company (Private) Limited (LECO) has revealed three main projects in Colombo yesterday, with the participation of the Minister for Power, Energy and Business Development Ravi Karunanayake, the MYLECO App, Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS), and the SMART Grid Integration Platform (SMIP).
Over the years it has become a challenge to outsourcing software goods to satisfy industry procedures in particular to create problems of inclusion and customization. LECO is now leading the way in digitizing services and introducing numerous creative approaches to transform the national grid into an intelligent grid.
Nevertheless, LECO does not think that imported alternatives can achieve this task. Therefore, LECO has created digital solutions in house to infuse automation into its distribution scheme, system operation, and customer services, in line with public policy to translate the energy system into a SMART grid.
“We’ve constructed software outsourced and in-house and a core database which includes customer information and our employees thus offers a more reliable and efficient service,” he said.
In 1984, LECO developed its first database containing information of 14 000 clients and switched to mainframe pcs in 1985, added Gunasekara. In 2000, LECO developed customer resource centers and outsourced an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and a billing system in 2002.
“We also have a GIS with a database of information on each and every distribution point on our network that we regularly update,” he said.
In 2011, the LECO leadership took over the outsourced accounting system to help prevent problems with inclusion and adaptation. Through the introduction of bundled drives, previously stressed grinding bars, etc. to distribution technology as well as client solutions, such as spot charging, site estimates and bill collections, LECO has taken a step forward in innovative technology from its beginnings.
The firm was launched in 1983 to satisfy the growing demand for electricity usage by urbanizing regions around Colombo and has become the benchmark for its power loss management, distribution systems management, operation and client service accomplishments in the area of South Asia.
The implementation of MYLECO allows access to a host of client services, including access to consumer information, account information, electricity outages, internet bill payments through client account access and repair services. The app allows LECO clients in actual time to communicate with them.
To regulate, monitor and service the network, the Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) are established. This ADMS provides communication with network-wide devices like automatic switches, measurement devices and intelligent meters for big amounts of information to be gathered. These data are analyzed even if the network operators receive information from an artificial smart scheme. ADMS can incorporate the LECO Distribution Control Center, the Call Center and the Customer Services Centres into a single platform that enables all customer-related employees to function on a single interactive platform. This allows all officials to monitor the system’s status, its geographical area of failure and the corrective action.
The SMART grid integration platform (SMIP) provides the opportunity to integrate intelligent grid devices in the acquisition and control of internet information. The publication of sophisticated client alternatives such as pre-paid billing, online power consumption tracking, and client access ensures a seamless, scalable tracking of energy consumption.