The Bahrain government has unveiled plans to rollout 410,000 smart metres in the country over the next 12 months.
The initiative has been launched by the country’s Electricity & Water Authority, and seeks to replace outdated metres with modern technology.
Officials estimate that there are 140,000 existing metres that need upgrading.
A statement from the authority said: “Smart metres are the safest to protect the subscriber’s device by recording any malfunction of electricity through the automated system, in addition to the facility to disconnect electricity when there are overloads, which protects the subscriber from danger.
“In addition, in future smart meters will help customers monitor their electricity and water consumption through smart applications, where the subscriber will be able to identify the devices that consume the most electricity in his home, especially since the majority of electrical devices now adopt the smart system.”