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Title: Curbing electricity theft using wireless technique with communication constraints
Authors: Tshikomba, Salome C. 
Estrice, Milton 
Ojo, Evans E. 
Davidson, Innocent E.
Keywords: Losses;Smart meters;AMI;Wireless technique;ZigBee technology;NTL
Issue Date: Aug-2020
Publisher: IEEE
Source: Tshikomba, S.C., Estrice, M., Ojo, E. and Davidson, I.E. 2020. Curbing electricity theft using wireless technique with communication constraints. Presented at: 2020 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Computing and Data Communication Systems (icABCD). Available: doi:10.1109/icabcd49160.2020.9183812
Conference: 2020 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Computing and Data Communication Systems (icABCD) 
Utility services are experiencing a common
problem of power losses, which impose a significant impact on
their annual budget. Practically, power losses consist of
technical losses and non-technical losses. Technical losses are
due to operations and aging of infrastructure, while nontechnical losses (NTL) are due to non-metered energy. The
focus is on managing non-technical losses using an automation
wireless method. The wireless ZigBee technique is proposed and
further investigated for communication failure over long
distances while solving the problem of stealing electricity.
Advance-metering infrastructure (AMI) technique and smart
meters are feasible for system integration; that is why they are
chosen to be part of this study. The success of the study depends
on quality data of the Utility, meaning the more accurate the
data, the easier the analysis of outliers. The operation and
planning of revenue protection contain a large amount of data
that needs to be worked on, so data mining assists in that regard.
Then the load profiling method assists in illustrating the
variation in demandJelectricalload over a specific time. This is
a preliminary investigation using a wireless communication
technique as a viable solution in curbing electricity theft. The
uniqueness of the proposed ZigBee system is that it recognizes
the everyday act of stealing electricity through tempering with
the meter box and tapping of the supply.
DOI: 10.1109/icabcd49160.2020.9183812
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