PowerCom Africa is a partner to PowerCom Israel and a co-inventor of PowerCom system, a leading provider of Smart Grid "end to end" solutions for electricity and water utilities; developing, manufacturing, and marketing a complete AMI portfolio of innovative products including smart meters, communications infrastructure, demand response and smart home appliances, as well as MDM software, utilizing all available open protocol communication such as RF, GPRS, and Ethernet.  PowerCom offers high level applications including: outage management; GIS Scada systems; load management; energy forecasting; dynamic pricing; distribution automation; and real-time losses detection.


Powercom Israel has received extensive recognition for its exceptional Power line Communications (“PLC”) performance, having achieved 99+% communications in real-time.  The Company has proven its superior technology through installations with utilities across the globe through a series of very successful installations with leading utilities in more than 24 countries within different environments and different types of installations. The data from these installations show that the investment payback period for the utility is very short (in some cases a few months). PowerCom Africa and PowerCom Israel remains dedicated to maintaining strong recognition throughout its customer base, that the Company identifies global smart grid market trends and consistently develops the latest technology at the forefront of product innovation, which offers substantial advantage to utilities.


The Company also provides solutions for industrial users, including energy savings companies and cellular operators to calculate energy usage of their mobile towers.

 

PowerCom Africa was established in 2014, and is supported by the strong design group of PowerCom Israel.

Our Products

 

ELECTRICITY
PowerCom provides a full comprehensive solution for any electricity metering needs in low voltage, medium voltage, and high voltage. The solution enables continuous analysis and alerts to real-time events in the grid allowing a range of capabilities such as outage management, demand response, and revenue protection. All the meters are fully certified by KEMA and other certification bodies.

The meters are connected to PowerCom’s Meters Data Management (MDM) software and enable online and scheduled readings of energy, current, voltage, frequency, power factor, and other meter load profile parameters. Via the web, authorized utility operators can configure meter settings and receive alerts of unbalanced phases and tamper notification, as well as alerts of other un-normative events via automatic SMS/Email.

PowerCom also offers a solution for consumers to monitor their real-time consumption and schedule the use of individual appliances in the home via an RF dongle for the PC, a unit for displaying consumptionon the home TV, a smart tablet, as well as appliance monitoring and control devices.

PowerCom has overcome the technical barriers associated with PLC, and developed a bi-directional “Dynamic” PLC technology, which delivers real-time (seconds) readings and control from up to 2km (from the Concentrator) over existing low voltage grid lines and the reliability to receive hourly readings from at least 95% of the meters, and 99%+ readings on a daily basis. PowerCom offers a cost-effective and flexible solution, enabling a range of communication protocols and interoperability.

 

WATER
PowerCom’s "Smart Water Network" AMI solution provides real-time monitoring of events, automatic alerts (SMS/Email), and remote control over network elements. The end-to-end platform incorporates state-of-the-art smart water meters, fixed network 2-way unlicensed RF communications (with the highest level of meter reading reliability), MDM software, all in an interoperable platform which can be connected to third party suppliers. The system also supports STS token pre-payment functionality, non-revenue water reduction (pipe burst/leakage alerts within the hour), online customer access to consumption data, as well as water forecasting.

 

Our Pre-payment System
PowerCom’s engineering has significantly improved the prepaid systems for electricity and water utilities. Offering an excellent platform for implementing "Smart Grid" solutions while staying within the budget. PowerCom’s smart meters, have the flexibility to control several elements remotely, and have a high level of security on all levels.
Each PowerCom smart meter has the flexibility to switch between pre-payment and post-payment from the MDM software without having to change the meter. 

PowerCom’s prepayment system is an excellent platform for utilities who wish to implement a pre-payment solution based on a "Smart Grid" platform.   The PowerCom solution adopts the guidelines from ESCOM in South Africa which specifies smart metering in smart prepayment systems (NRS049 - Smart Prepayment/Metering, and NRS084 -Load management and Demand response).

PowerCom has engineered a pre-payment system, enabling the operator to remotely control essential elements such as the ability to: (i) remotely credit a meter; (ii) remotely switch between credit and pre-payment; (iii) send immediate online tariff changes; (iv) provide emergency credit; (v) trickle flow or load limiting when credit runs out; and (vi) user friendly pre-notification of disconnections.

By using advanced communications technologies, it is now possible to credit a meter remotely from the point of transaction.  This eliminates the need for a vending machine to purchase credit.  In several Pre-Payment deployments where reliable GPRS communication exists, PowerCom has installed the pre-Payment system without the need for the keypad and relied solely upon the communications to credit the meter.  PowerCom’s reliable two-way communication verifies that the credit was successfully loaded and accepted into the meter, and sends an automatic (optional) SMS or Email to the customer advising that the transaction process has been completed.

PowerCom point of sale direct access is an optional functionality of the system which features basic customer invoicing and payment reconciliations reports.  This vending transaction solution avoids the cost to the utility of the extra payment for the vending payments process.  In South Africa, ESCOM and other municipalities pay in the range of 4-6% for all payment made in the prepayment system.    
   
Security
The PowerCom prepayment solution is the most secured in the world as it uses two elements.  As well as using the STS code generator for producing the pre-paid token numbers, the PowerCom system benefits by having hourly consumption readings from the meters as well as the balance of KW hours stored in the prepayment meter.   With every increase in the KW hour balance within the system, the system automatically verifies with the billing and vending system whether that increase is backed up by a legal transaction.  The system logs all activity with the meter so that it is able to maintain records of the individual who loaded the credit, whether it was performed automatically or manually, the time of the transaction and the amount.  All this information is stored in the database and is available for mangers to verify. 

Parameters According to Each Customer (or Group) Profile
Friendly “over-draft” credit is an option to provide a small amount of emergency credit, so that customers can avoid loss of service in the middle of the night. The average amount can be immediately subtracted from the next payment.  Another option in the case that the customer did not pay on-time is to allow the customer to consume small amounts of energy (only for lights and refrigerator) before full disconnection.  Other options are: customised rates to different classes of customers; and suspension of automatic disconnections on weekends/holidays, during adverse weather conditions, and accounts flagged as “critical need/lifeline” (customers who, for instance, use vital breathing equipment) so that disconnection does not endanger health and safety.
 
Automatic Alerts

The system sends a reminder to customer when their credit is low.  As the account balance approaches zero, the billing system initiates a message to the customer and sends it via an outgoing text message, or email.  The PowerCom customer portal website enables each customer to enter their unique username and password to access their consumption history in graphs according to user selected intervals.

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