Smart or intelligent electric meters are electronic devices that measure the electricity that differ greatly from traditional meters in terms of the form of reading and access to these devices. These meters can be easily controlled from a distance and can also read electricity from a distance, distributing the generated data to the consumer and the company at the same time.

This way of exchanging data between the company and the consumer directly affects the increase in efficiency, transparency, and better quality of services. A definition of these meters that KEDS has integrated into use for a large number of consumers in recent years is given by Shukri Aliu, the director of the Department of Energy Losses.

"The smart meter belongs to the newest generation of meters, with the possibility of reading, locking, or unlocking remotely, from where we can have all the meter data in the system, which can be used for customer billing and various analyses. "

Above all, Shukri mentions some of the advantages of smart meters such as the efficient use of energy, data synchronization in real-time, reducing the amount of carbon emitted, reading of electricity in time, the possibility of checking the quality of the network voltage, etc.

All of these help the consumer, improve the environment, as well as facilitate the processes of distribution companies and suppliers of the electric network. Shukri also mentions some of the advantages of smart meters to limit or completely eliminate the manipulation of electricity.

As the director of the Department of Electrical Energy Losses, he says that one of the key objectives of the department and therefore of the company is to reduce electrical energy losses, therefore SMART meters are contributing a lot in this direction. "In order to achieve our objectives, we have developed and implemented very important projects through which we have managed to reduce both technical and commercial losses.

Such projects include SMART meters and advanced software systems. " According to him, these meters help a lot in the detection of irregularities since they record in the system all possible manipulations with electricity: "All events that are outside the normal measurement parameters of digital smart meters come to the system and thus eventual irregularities can be detected.”

How does this data reach the consumer? In addition to being shown on the screen of the smart meters, the daily data on electricity consumption is transferred to the eKesco application, which consumers have access to where they can also check the detailed data on the energy they have spent on a daily, monthly, and annual basis.

From this data, consumers can make a much more efficient use of electricity, and thus start saving electricity. Until now KEDS has installed 546 thousand digital meters in total. A significant part of them is SMART meters, which means they have more advantages as types of meters are updated with the latest technology.

The company's managers predict that in the near future, the company's objective for the implementation of a wider scale of smart meters will be achieved, as devices that have proven to contribute positively to increasing the efficiency of the company's daily operations through many aforementioned factors.