ECG To Use Artificial Intelligence To Eliminate Power Theft.
The Electricity Company of Ghana, together with the vice president, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to concluded on the action to use Artificial Intelligence and Remote Sensors across its systems to fight the canker of power theft in Ghana.
The vice president, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, speaking at the launch of the the ‘ECG Power App’ which is a mobile application for ECG customers on Tuesday, February 18 2020, stated the issues involved in collecting payment for power supplied and eliminating power theft were major challenges confronting the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on speaking by how the use of Artificial Intelligence would be a major game-changer, he stated that, “The issue of solving the collection problem at ECG is a major part of solving the energy issue in Ghana. I think this app also enhances collection, but I am aware – because I have been talking to the Board Chairman and the MD – that they are thinking about applying technology, artificial intelligence and remote sensors in the collection process.
“I know that they are piloting the system now, and by the grace of God if all goes well, we will have implemented a new system, starting this year, whereby nobody will be able to steal electricity in Ghana again.
“It is major thing that the ECG is likely to implement this year, using artificial intelligence and remote sensing. They are piloting it right now, and the results look quite good. Once we solve that problem, the issue of losses from people doing ‘kuluulu’ connections of electricity will be a thing of the past.
The Vice President — Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia expressed delight at the unveiling of the innovative application that will enhance the delivery of an essential public service to all the customers of ECG – from households, small businesses, organizations and industries.
“This is historic in the sense that the ECG for the first time in its long history is employing technology to tackle two major problems: first, improve on one of its critical functions of delivering power to its customers; and, second, address the more serious challenge of mobilizing its revenues from power delivery effectively and efficiently.
“With this new application, customers can now buy electricity credit from the comfort of their homes, anytime and anywhere. What is more, you can now buy credit for distressed family members and for acquaintances.
“All this is well in line with President Akufo-Addo’s vision to use digital technology to transform the economy of Ghana,” Vice President Bawumia stated. “The programme of Government which we are consistently delivering to Ghanaians is to use technology to bring about a total transformation of the way we go about our daily tasks, the way we do business, and the way we govern ourselves.”
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Ghana has advanced in technology as this employment of the Artificial Intelligence to help eliminate power theft in Ghana can help provide efficient electricity power to Ghanaians.
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