The new electric meter during the official launch of the Unified Smart Metering System at The Empire Brunei. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

DST Network has introduced the Unified Smart Metering System (USMS) that will allow households to monitor and manage their electricity and water usage in one platform.

The smart metering solution aims to provide customers with up to date, real-time billing and enhanced customer service portal.

Speaking at the launch of the system at The Empire Brunei, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah said that the smart meter is the first of its kind in Brunei as it uses 3G/4G SIMs.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah delivering his remarks during the official launch of the Unified Smart Metering System at The Empire Brunei. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

“It boasts a two-way communication module to send and receive real-time data including notifications (to users) from the smart meter,” he said.

He further said that the initiative has yielded a smart solution that comprises a smart meter rollout, meter data management, meter measurement and a unified billing and customer service portal system for water and electricity.

Through the platform, added the minister, not only government spending is reduced but at the same time create an efficient electrical and water resource management.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah having a look at the new meters during the official launch of the Unified Smart Metering System at The Empire Brunei. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman
The new water meter on display during the official launch of the Unified Smart Metering System at The Empire Brunei. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

“Consumers will also be able to benefit over real-time information, enabling them to better manage their utilities consumption and manage their financial commitments,” the minister said.

In an interview with the media, General Manager of DST Network Juliana Sim said that installation works will start next week at selected residential areas in the sultanate.

“The pilot phase will take about two to three months (to complete) before we can go commercially to all houses. We are working closely with DES and DWS on deciding the selected area,” she said.

General Manager of DST Network Juliana Sim delivering her remarks during the official launch of the Unified Smart Metering System at The Empire Brunei. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman
(L-R): CEO of DST Group of Companies Ang Siok Tuan, Minister of Development YB Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaimi Haji Gafar, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah, Minister of Transport and Infocommunications YB Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib, General Manager of DST Network Juliana Sim during the official launch of the Unified Smart Metering System at The Empire Brunei. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The smart meter will be installed for free to over 200,000 households within five years, replacing the existing utility meters used nationwide.

“New houses will need to install the new meter at a price that varies according to the type of meter either single-phase or three-phase. These meters are also depending on the size of the household,” said Lim, adding that the majority of the Bruneian houses are using three-phase which can bear larger voltage.

Moreover, the initiative will also create job opportunities that will upskill local human resource and create opportunities for self-employment.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah, Minister of Development YB Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaimi Haji Gafar, Minister of Transport and Infocommunications YB Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib, General Manager of DST Network Juliana Sim officially launching the Unified Smart Metering System at The Empire Brunei. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

DST is planning to open an apprenticeship programme to recruit local technical talents from IBTE for the smart metering installation, maintenance and safety awareness which training and certification given by DES and Berakas Power Company.

DST Network has been working on the project since 2017 where they deployed the Proof of Concept with Department of Electrical Services, Public Works Department and Berakas Power Company.

The electricity and water credit reload are available through Quick Topup at www.usms.com.bn, USSD service using Easi credit with denominations $2, $6, $10 and $20, DES website www.des.gov.bn, DWS website www.ebis.pwd.gov.bn, DSTINCOMM mobile app and website www.dstincomm.com.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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