Singapore government is calling for proposals for a smart meter trial for electricity, gas and water supply.
Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran said on Monday that the Energy Market Authority (EMA) along with national water agency and grid operator Singapore Power, aimed at helping consumers to be more efficient in their power, water and gas consumption pattern through this smart meter trial.
"This trial is aimed at enabling electricity, gas and water meters to be read remotely, and providing more timely usage data to consumers to help them better manage their utility consumption," the agencies said in the joint statement.
Most of the electricity meters in Singapore are currently read manually once every two months, together with gas and water meters.
These new trial smart solutions would help in reading all three meters remotely, reliably and cost-effectively.
The agencies said the trial will also include a newly developed mobile application to provide consumers with real-time information on their electricity, water and gas consumption.
"This would allow consumers to make informed decisions on their consumption and conservation of utilities," Iswaran told The Business Times.
"The results of the test-bed will help us assess whether and how we can deploy advanced metering solutions nation-wide, in tandem with our plans to have full retail competition in the electricity market by 2018," he added.