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Meter reading is an important part of billing system for residential and commercial buildings. This often does not reflect the exact or true electricity consumption of such buildings, resulting in an inefficient bill mainly due to human errors. Thus, it is essential to have an efficient and effective system for this measurement purposes as it is fully embraced by the power holding company of Nigeria (PHCN).

This project is about the design and construction of Electronic billing system. The system is used to measure accurately the electric power consumed by a residential or commercial buildings which is more economical compared to the electromechanical devices.

Utility companies can directly monitor and control electrical power supply billing of its spatially distributed consumers without engaging the services of meter readers i.e. operators or officers of (PHCN). The meter displays the sale rate of power and the consumed power per minute, respectively.





Tradition meter reading for electricity consumption and billing is done by human operator from houses to houses and building to building. This requires huge number of labor operators and long working hour to achieve complete area data reading and billing. Human operator are prone to reading error as sometime the houses electric power meter is place in a location where it is not easily accessible. Labor billing job is sometime also restricted and slowed down by bad weather condition. Printed billing has the tendency of residential housing and commercial building in the developing country such as for example, Malaysia require more operators and longer working hours to complete the meter reading tasks. This increases the energy provider operation costs for meter reading. In order to achieve efficient meter reading, reduce billing error and operation costs, Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) system play an important role to address the above mentioned problems. AMR is an effective mean of data collection that allow substantial saving through the reduction of meter re-read, greater data accuracy, allow frequent reading, improved billing and customer service, more timely energy profiles and consumption trends updates, and better deployment of human resource [1]. With the advent of digital technology, analogue electro-mechanical meter is continuously replaced by digital electronic meter. Digital energy meter offer greater convenience to implement and establish automatic meter reading system electronically. Efficiency and reliability of retrieving meter reading in the AMR system was a major challenge. Various AMR methods and technologies using Power Line Carrier  (PLC) Communications, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), telephone modem, internet, Ethernet, embedded RF module, wifi, bluetooth and zigbeebee were established and developed to provide and demonstrate the solution of efficiency, relisbility snd effectiveness of AMR.





Customers could not have time to go to PHCN office to make payment for the electricity they have consumed due to the limited time they have and also the nature of their jobs.



The research, which is embarked upon becomes imperative when the utility companies can directly monitor and control electrical power supply billing of its spatially distributed consumers without engaging the services of meter readers





          The aim of this project is to effectively develop the electronic billing system in replacement of the existing manual billing system.


The following are the specific objectives of this research work.

  • To eradicate the difficulty and risk involved in manually distributing the bills and transferring liquid cash from one place to another in the bid to make payment.
  • To demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiency of automatic meter reading and billing in an enabling environment through the use of graphical user interface (GUI).
  • To evaluate the benefits associated with computerized billing system and its functional implementation



The proposed system is expected to be very effective as regards to the checking and payment of bills and also requires meeting the enormous needs of PHCN Dugbe business unit.


     1.6         METHODOLOGY

This involved several ways that were employed to gather the necessary data/information used in the course this study and this includes Personal Interview with the officers of PHCN, Reading of journal and direct observation were extensively observed.



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