The Ghanaian electricity company (ECG) plans to adopt artificial intelligence to combat the theft of electrical energy. It was the Vice-President of the Republic, Mahamudu Bawumia, who unveiled it, on February 18, 2020, during the launching ceremony of a mobile application for ECG customers.
He stressed that the adoption of ICT by the public company should help it better respond to the major challenge that is the difficulty of collecting payment for the electricity supplied, which often leads to theft of electricity.
“The issue of solving the problem of collecting payment to the ECG is a major element in solving the energy problem in Ghana; I spoke to the chairman of the board and the general manager, they plan to apply artificial intelligence technology and remote sensors to the payment collection process. I know they are testing the system now, and the results look pretty good […] if all goes well, we will have implemented a new system, starting this year, and no one will be able to fly again electricity in Ghana, ” said Mahamudu Bawumia.
The application unveiled by ECG, called “ECG Power”, was designed by technical staff from the public company for the production and distribution of electrical energy. According to the Presidency of the Republic, it will allow more than half of the company’s 3.8 million customers to make payments for electricity and services by telephone. The company estimates that this figure should increase by the end of the year, when the old meters will be replaced by smart meters.