Energy & Power
Transmission & Distribution
Awesense SenseNET wants to help utilities reduce theft-related power losses
By Alyssa Dalton
November 6, 2013 – Awesense’s SenseNET solution aims to help utilities curb power losses and recover lost revenue due to theft, transformer overloads and other problems. By combining hardware, data analytics, networking and advanced power monitoring, the solution promises to identify, characterize and verify power losses from equipment failures as well as power diversion caused by meter tampering or wire “tapping”.
The World Bank estimates that $202 billion worth of electricity generated is lost annually due to technical failures or theft. The challenges in catching perpetrators, it says—which can range from individuals to sophisticated marijuana growing operations—often prevents utilities and law enforcement from taking adequate steps to stop it. At the heart of the SenseNET system is the SenseNET Monitor, which clips onto transmission and distribution lines and can characterize the power consumption at up to 100 locations at the same time, it claims. The solution also serves as a planning tool for grid operators and power providers, providing customers the opportunity to pinpoint potential vulnerabilities before major losses or failures occur, says Awesense.