Vice President Dr. Bawumia has hinted of plans by ECG to employ artificial intelligence to stop illegal connection or power theft.
Talking at the launch of a mobile application for ECG clients on Tuesday, Dr Bawumia said that troubles in gathering payments for power provided and wiping out power burglary were significant difficulties going up against ECG, and the utilization of Artificial Intelligence would be a game-changer.
“The issue of solving payment collection issue at ECG is a significant part of dealing with the power issue in Ghana. I think this application likewise improves payment collection, yet I am mindful – on the grounds that I have been talking with the Board Chairman and the MD – that they are considering applying technology, artificial intelligence and remote sensors in the payment collection procedure.
“I know that they are working the system now, and by God’s grace if all works out positively, we will have executed new system, beginning this year, whereby no one will have the option to steal power in Ghana once more.”
“It is significant thing that the ECG is probably going to execute this year, utilizing man-made intelligence and remote detecting. They are steering it currently, and the outcomes look very great. When we tackle that issue, the issue of individuals doing ‘kuluulu’ connection of power will be a story of past times,” Dr Bawumia uncovered.
The new application, known as ‘ECG Power’ and planned in-house by the ICT staff of ECG, will make it very possible for 2.8 million out of the organization’s 3.8 million clients to pay for power bought and benefits rendered by the Company. This figure is expected to rise before the year is over when old meters are replaced with old ones.
Smart phone users can download the application from the Google play store or Apple App Store, make a record, include the meter number, and top up or pay bills using mobile money cash wallets. Non smartphone users, prevalently known as ‘Yam’ telephones are not forgotten about; they can dial *226# and follow the prompts.
VP Bawumia expressed joy at the unveiling of the innovative application that will improve the conveyance public service of all ECG clients – from family units, associations, private ventures and industry.
“This is a history as in the ECG for the first time in its long history is utilizing technology to handle two significant issues: first, enhance one of its basic elements of conveying power to its clients; and, second, address the more genuine test of mobilizing its incomes from power conveyance viably and proficiently.
“With this new application, clients would now be able to purchase power credit from the solace of their homes, whenever and wherever. In addition, you would now be able to purchase credit for bothered relatives and for associates.”
“This is well in accordance with President Akufo-Addo’s vision to utilize Technology to change the economy of Ghana,” Vice President Bawumia expressed. “The program of Government which we are reliably conveying to Ghanaians is to utilize technology to achieve an all out change of the manner in which we approach our every day undertakings, the manner in which we work together, and the manner in which we rule ourselves.”
While complimenting the Board, the executives and staff of ECG for successfully utilizing the pilot time frame to resolve the wrinkles in the application, he encouraged them to find a way to give the essential supportive networks to effective administration of the Mobile App.
“There can be no reason for system failures, lack of quality and mistakes,” he advised.
The Vice President show delight that the application had been created by staff of ECG, saying “We as government have faith in local solutions for handling local issues and I need to communicate my congrats to the group of ECG staff that built up this application. Like Oliver Twist,we look forward for more innovative and productivity enhancing technologies to improve efficiency and in so doing making cost of electricity bearable for Ghanaians”
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