At a time when its customers are moving towards open access, the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) has embarked on a mission to spruce up its image by utilizing the latest technology to suit the needs of the IT city.
Determined to serve its customers with the best facilities, the power distribution company has come up with a Technology Innovation Centre (TIC) calling for suggestions, ideas and designs from techies, academicians and the general public.
The move to set up a separate dedicated Research and Development wing to bolster the existing infrastructure was taken at a recent Besom board meeting, roping in experts from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), architects, engineers and energy experts from various parts of the country. The TIC aims to tap innovations in the growing start-up culture in Bengaluru, particularly in energy supply infrastructure.
Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, Pankaj Kumar Pandey, Managing Director, Bescom said, "Going by the rapid strides in the tech world and fast-changing global digital arena, it is essential for Escoms to choose the right technology, which, in the long run, helps us in serving the public. Based on inputs provided by independent experts a detailed plan will be laid out to improve our services and also boost our revenue prospects." Anil D'Souza, AGM (IT Wing), Bescom said, "The TIC is an open platform not only for techies and innovators but also in-house engineers. The new TIC will appreciate such talent and take forward their ideas and designs to the implementation level."
Another senior officer from Bescom said, "Several start-ups have come up in recent times in the energy sector: They range from purchasing power to streamlining of transmission, generation, prevention of losses and identification of potential transformer failures. If these innovative ideas are adopted, we can improve our services."
Enabling general techies, experts and innovators, Bescom has opened a new web portal through which anybody can interact with experts about innovative ideas.
"The submitted innovations and designs will be analysed by our panel of experts from reputed institutions. If their ideas, software or designs are approved then they will be working with Bescom towards implementation of such ideas. Such a gesture will suitably rewarded by the company," D'Souza said.
He further explained, "Some of the ideas could be tangible, resulting in an increase in revenue collection, reduction in technical losses, ensure 100 per cent billing efficiency and collection efficiency. Similarly there could be other benefits that are non-tangible in nature, but I am sure that they will result in improved consumer satisfaction levels."
As any innovations will benefit all the five Escoms across Karnataka, the funding and management of TIC will be a collective affair by all Escoms. "Initial investment of Rs 2 crore will come from Bescom and subsequently the other companies would also chip in with funds to help run the centre. The TIC will be head-quartered at HSR Layout," an engineer from Bescom revealed.
The TIC's expert panel which will deliberate on the ideas includes former VC of VTU and IISc Professor HP Kincha, architect Naresh Narasimhan, civil engineer MS Sudarshan of Civilaid, Reji Kumar Pillai, the president of India Smart Grid Forum and others along with a technical team from Bescom.
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