Lahore: 17 June: The Pioneers, a team of four members, from the LUMS Electrical Engineering department, session 2012, have made it to the final round of the competition, Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011 in the embedded development division. The team proposed and then implemented the idea of a Clever-Grid using Smart Energy Meters to address burning issues of energy shortfall and revenue leakage to allow more efficient operational management by electric utility distribution sector in Pakistan. The salient features of the solution, if adopted by the industry, should have a direct positive impact on the life of every citizen of Pakistan.
Microsoft Corporation has been hosting the Imagine Cup for the last nine years with the idea that students can and will change the world. It spans one year, beginning with local, regional, and online contests in over 100 countries/regions. The finalists go on to attend, full expenses paid, the Worldwide Finals held in a different country every year. It is being held in New York this year from July 8 till July 14, 2011. In 2010, there were more than 325,000 students who participated in this event from over 100 countries and this year is the first time ever that any team has qualified from Pakistan in the embedded development category.
The project team, with support from MicroTech Industries, Lahore, has worked on design and development of a three-tier system of power distribution and management consisting of a consumer-end “smart”-meter, a local distribution “smart”-meter and a central-grid control-device. The team proposed a solution to efficiently distribute limited available electrical power, reduce electricity theft, ensure contract compliance and provide asset protection for electricity distribution companies.
Taha Hassan, Class of 2012
Muhammad Muneeb Ur Rehman, Class of 2012
Rohail Hassan, Class of 2012
Syed Payman Raza, Class of 2012