Over 8.5 million residents in Malaysia will be able to get real-time data on their power consumption with new smart meters, it has been announced.

The country’s largest power supplier, Tenaga Nasional, will roll out the technology to the homes of its customers, after having completed tests.

“We have completed a smart meter ‘live’ pilot project to understand the technologies, regulatory and customer challenges and we will be embarking on the AMI [Advanced Metering Infrastructure] on a larger scale in the near future,” said the state-owned company’s CEO, Datuk Seri Azman Mohd.

Other countries in Asia Pacific, including Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Korea, are using smart meters on a large scale to monitor and control the power grid, he added.