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How Technology Firms See Pay-As-You-Go Billing

Fortnightly Magazine - January 15 1997

of prepayment metering is that it eliminates the need for AMR for many customers, since gas consumers pay in advance. Meter reads are updated every time a customer buys the product.

At Siemens, Powell sees room for both technologies.

"My experience seems to point me to the following conclusion: Both systems should run side by side. [Some] customers prefer to pay as you go. [They] are best suited to smartcard metering. however, customers who pay by direct debit are best suited to AMR. Both systems allow the utility to understand their network usage in more detail (em to become more operationally efficient." t

Bruce Radford is editor of PUBLIC UTILITIES FORTNIGHTLY.

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