To Be Smart with Internet Of Things (TBSIOT)
Recently, Egypt electrical utility grid (UG) suffers from increasing demands, which may lead to partial/complete Blackout in many areas. Moreover, the re-energizing process sometimes carried out without justice in the electricity distributed. Theft of electricity phenomena is increasing nowadays leading to wastage on the electrical energy. Therefore, our proposed idea highlights, a systematic approach towards developing a low cost and a rugged advanced meter infrastructure (AMI) that can be easily implemented and applied without changing the current infrastructure of the distribution network and the existing end-user counter energy meter (IC-card meter). Therefore, the proposed idea is based on developing the performance of the current meters through adding a small electronic circuit called "To Be Smart" that facilitates communication between the utility grid control room and end-user’s appliances. The proposed circuit could provide an intelligent monitoring, control, communication and self-healing technologies for the UG based on Internet of Things (IOT) and power electronic techniques. This proposal can be executed through two stages: the first stage is, a high efficiency To Be Smart module will be added indoor beside the energy meter counter. This module has a two-way communication with UG and the end-user home appliances. Our smart sockets are also added to some/all home appliances. These smart sockets can easily communicate with the To Be Smart module in wireless scheme. The second stage, in the outdoor, there is an implemented data management collector unit (DMCU) that can communicate with UG through TCP/IP protocol and communicate with end-user through Zig-Bee protocol. The DMCU has the capability to collect daily the data of energy consumption from the To Be Smart module and store it in a cloud that can be accessed by the data centers of UG and the DMCU as well.