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Monday , August 20 , 2012
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Gadget claims to end electric supply woes

Balasore, Aug. 19: A retired schoolteacher here has built a device that promises to put an end to problems related to electricity supply.

HameshaON, the creation of Satya Shobhan Das, 66, would not only prevent power pilferage but also ensure easy and flawless billing.

The gadget is the result of 20 years of research and hard work of Das, who has already obtained provisional patent rights and sold the marketing rights to a private company. At present, he has installed about 10 devices in power lines after securing permission of the North Eastern Electricity Supply Company of Odisha (Nesco).

But success and recognition has not come easy. The inventor said that after developing the project five years ago, he ran from pillar to post. But all he got was effusive pats on the back and hollow promises, which were not enough to keep him going.

“I wrote numerous letters and met the high and the mighty but in vain. At one point, I was thinking of abandoning the project and selling my land despite having spent around Rs 90 lakh on it,” he said.

Seeing Das down, his son Daniel quit a well-paying job in Bangalore and started working on the project. “From Bangalore, he helped me integrate the device with advanced technologies and algorithms because the infrastructure and technical support available in Balasore were limited,” he said.

Their hard work paid off and Das has now obtained a certification from the Central Power Research Institute, the Union government and the company that has purchased the marketing rights to take the technology beyond borders.

“The system is 100 per cent tamperproof and can curb power theft. Bills can also be generated at any utility office. The power consumption and load factor for each individual consumer can be monitored in real time with a computer from anywhere,” said Das.

In a recent demonstration at the power office of a nationally-reckoned industry giant, the devices fitted to the consumer lines in Balasore responded to the command and controls from Mumbai with its vital parameters working flawlessly, Das said.

“The automated system would leave no room for billing error, manipulation and malafide human interference. It has already been tested by technical experts of Reliance Energy in Mumbai,” he said, adding the wireless electronic gadget had only a 0.1 per cent margin of error as compared to the common margin of error of two to four per cent.

“A few devices have been installed for trial at Sovarampur section of Nesco. Post monsoon, we would be installing them and assessing the performance,” said Nesco superintending engineer of Nesco S.K. Upadhay, adding that the gadget would be a much-needed solution for reduction of commercial and manpower loss.