Energy Efficiency Services Limited is going to set much stricter protocols to prevent sabotage of their smart meters in the future. The need for this was necessitated after an attempt was made by someone to illicitly disconnect all 12.3 lakh smart meters operational in Uttar Pradesh.
“At around 3:30 PM (on Wednesday), a command was given by someone to disconnect all 12.3 lakh smart meters in Uttar Pradesh. The EESL team came to know of it at around 4:30 PM, and we stopped the shutdown process. By that time, almost 1.5 lakh homes/connections were disconnected,” a top EESL official told BusinessLine.
A sabotage of this magnitude has never happened before in India, and now steps have been taken to prevent it from happening again.
“This is a pure case of sabotage. It is not a hacking, but it is an insider of EESL’s vendor – L&T – tasked with manning the Head-End System (a server where the data is processed). It is a blatant breach of protocol because L&T has been told that disconnections (if they need to) happen in batches of 50 with prior approvals of the power distribution companies (Discoms).