New APP: Automatic meter reading

New APP: Automatic meter reading

First CAFM software In Germany IMSWARE integrates the photographic documentation of counter readings with automatic recognition of text and numbers (OCR) into one app for energy management. IMSWARE.ENERGY uses technology for image processing and machine learning.

IMSWARE.ENERGY is an intuitive app for the field service as well as for tenants, caretakers and service providers. With it, mechanical and digital gas, water and electricity meters can be read very simply and correctly via smartphones and the meter readings can be documented.

At the key date, users receive a list of the 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. App users identify the respective meter by keyboard input, voice input or scanning of a bar code, which was generated in advance from the CAFM system. The app compares the meter ID with the list on the smart device and opens the meter reading dialog for that meter.

For the reading process, the user merely points the smart device camera to the meter reading display. The app automatically recognizes the counter and the counter number, frames it on the display and transfers the automatically recognized values to the entry dialog, in which they can be checked again. Retyping was yesterday. After confirmation, the meter readings and numbers are transferred to the IMSWARE database and submitted to an employee in-house for a plausibility check. This automatic four-eye principle prevents errors and makes it possible to supplement important information such as counter overflow or counter changes, including photo documentation.

"The high level of automation in our new app IMSWARE.ENERGY simplifies meter reading and makes it much safer," says Dr. Christian Bernhart, Managing Director of manufacturer IMS. "Using Pixolus' groundbreaking OCR technology as the first supplier underlines our leading position in the CAFM market," emphasizes Bernhart. 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 from IMS.

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