New APP: Automatic meter reading

New APP: Automatic meter reading

First CAFM software in Germany, IMSWARE integrates photographic documentation of meter readings with automatic recognition of text and numbers (OCR) into a app for the Energy management. IMSWARE.ENERGY uses image processing and machine learning technology for this purpose.

IMSWARE.ENERGY is an intuitive app for field staff, tenants, caretakers and service providers. With it, mechanical and digital gas, water and electricity meters can be read very easily and correctly via smartphone and the meter readings can be documented in a binding manner.

On the due date, users receive a list of meters to be read, which they can filter by type, medium or location. The list is available offline and can also be used in areas without radio reception. The app users identify the respective meter by keypad entry, voice input or scanning a barcode, which is selected in advance from the CAFM-system was generated. The app compares the meter ID with the list on the smart device and opens the dialogue for meter reading of the meter in question.

For the reading process, the user simply points the smart device camera at the meter reading display. The app automatically recognises the register and the meter number, frames them on the display and transfers the automatically recognised values to the recording dialogue, where they can be checked again. Typing was yesterday. After confirmation, the meter readings and numbers are transferred to the IMSWARE database and presented to an in-house employee for a plausibility check. This automatic four-eyes principle prevents errors and makes it possible to add important information such as meter overflow or meter change, including photo documentation.

"The high degree of automation in our new app IMSWARE.ENERGY simplifies meter reading and makes it much more secure," says Dr Christian Bernhart, Managing Director of manufacturer IMS. "The fact that we are the first provider to use Pixolus' pioneering OCR technology for this purpose underlines our leading position in the CAFM market," Bernhart emphasises. The new app IMSWARE.ENERGY can be used with the client-server solution IMSWARE as well as with the Cloud solution IMSWARE.GO! use. It is available now at IMS.

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