What is SteamaCo's product?
SteamaCo's smart technology enables utilities to sell energy anywhere on the planet.
How is SteamaCo's product different from other smart meters?
SteamaCo is the only company in the world that can operate mini grids remotely without internet connectivity. SteamaCo is also offers the most extensive range of integrated payment solutions, such as mobile money, for a wide range of African markets.
How is SteamaCo's product different from other smart grid technologies?
Grid control technologies already exist "upstream" - at generation and storage points. SteamaCo's product works "downstream" at the point of use, enabling consumers to pay for electricity with convenience and trust.
What is the energy consumption of the meter?
1.2W typical, 3.0W peak
What can SteamaCo meter?
SteamaCo meters 1-phase AC electricity, 3-phase AC electricity, DC electricity, and other parameters such as power quality, temperature and battery voltage.
Where can SteamaCo operate?
SteamaCo's meters currently operate in North, South, East and West Africa. The platform supports multi-country, multi-currency, multi-language and unlimited sites per account.
What connectivity technologies does SteamaCo use?
For local communications, SteamaCo maintains a point-to-point LoRa network. This is simpler and lower power than a mesh network, with 1km range and virtually no line-of-sight issues. For global communications, SteamaCo transmits data via GPRS (primary) and SMS (fallback), for rock solid connectivity with the cloud, even in the most remote locations.
What is remote automation?
SteamaCo's hardware keeps in constant contact with the Steama cloud software, meaning that all functions - meter data, billing decisions, consumer messaging - are available and configurable online, instantly, anywhere in the world.
How does your software integrate with other systems?
The Steama dashboard is web-hosted application with online access (for operators) via the user interface and programatic access (for machines) via the Steama API. Steama easily integrates with telecoms providers, mobile money providers and online payment providers, to deliver a complete utility management service.
How does the software help with consumer management?
SteamaCo's messaging engine enables automatic, two-way marketing communications between the operator and its consumers via SMS message. For example: warn consumers about routine maintenance; promote tariff variations or special offers; alert local technicians to a fault. Messages are customisable according to parameters defined by the operator.
How does billing work?
The Steama cloud software constantly tracks payments and electricity use, maintaining a live energy balance for each consumer. When electricity use exceeds the consumer's allowed use, bitHarvester switches power off automatically.
How does mobile money integration work?
Consumers access their mobile money account from their mobile phone as normal. Steama processes payments and switches lines in minutes.
What tariffs do you support?
SteamaCo supports 16 tariff plans, each configurable with a range of set points, including: per-kWh tariffs, tariff bundles, time-of-use tariffs, flat-rate / subscription pricing. You may also apply credit expiration dates if desired.