*Announces Prepaid Meter Upgrade from August 1, this year
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) plc has alerted that from November 24, 2024, all STS meters worldwide will cease to accept old credit tokens without the necessary meter upgrade.
IBEDC Managing Director, Engr Kingsley Achife while raising the alarm in a statement on Thursday, announced an upcoming upgrade for its Standard Transfer Specification (STS) prepaid meters.
Engineer Achife disclosed that the upgrade is to enhance efficiency and align with global standards, saying, the upgrade, known as Token Identification (TID) Rollover, aims to ensure the continued seamless operation of prepaid meters while maintaining customer satisfaction.
” This upgrade is imperative as, starting from November 24, 2024, all STS meters worldwide will cease to accept old credit tokens without the necessary meter upgrade”, he said.
IBEDC MD added, ” To facilitate a smooth transition, IBEDC will provide its prepaid meter customers with Key Change Tokens (KCT) alongside their regular energy tokens when purchasing electricity”.
” Importantly, obtaining the KCT is free of charge, and customers can upgrade their meters without any impact on the current electricity tariff”
Engineer Achife stressed further
that the upgrade scheduled to take effect from August 1, 2023, ” will involve the integration of a global software update into STS meters, making them compatible with the new TID Rollover protocol”.
According to him, the KCT serves as a special ‘reset’ token and is crucial for the successful completion of the meter upgrade process, Engr Achife said, “During the upgrade period, customers are advised to take note of the following important details:
* Mandatory Upgrade: Customers must upgrade their prepaid meters by sequentially entering the two KCT tokens (KCT1 & KCT2) and then the energy token, as provided by IBEDC.
* Expiry of Old Tokens: Effective August 1, 2023, old credit tokens will become obsolete. Customers must ensure that any unused or previously purchased energy tokens are loaded into their meters before this date.
Credit Balance Preservation: The meter upgrade process will not affect the credit unit balance on the meter. Customers can rest assured that their balance will remain intact after the upgrade.
* One-Time Upgrade: The meter upgrade is a one-time process. Subsequent energy token purchases will continue as usual after the upgrade has been completed.
Stressing that ” IBEDC is committed to supporting its customers throughout this transition”, Engineer Achife said, ” Field officers will be available to assist customers and monitor compliance”.
” If a meter fails to load energy tokens following the KCT upgrade, customers are advised to promptly contact our customer care at 07001239999, email us at email@example.com or send messages to a WhatsApp number 07059093900.
Customers are also encouraged to visit the dedicated IBEDC webpage, ibedc.com/tid-rollover-https://www.tidrollover.com/to access comprehensive information and step-by-step instructions for upgrading their meters.