Uganda completes digitization of four metrology services

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) said it has completed the digitization of four metrology services in a bid to ensure fairness in trade and accuracy of measurement in industry.

This comes as the country celebrates World Metrology Day under the theme “Metrology in the Digital Age”.

Among the digitized services are E-Minzaani, an information management system aimed at streamlining the adoption of mobile technologies as a tool to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and control of the use of the instruments of electronic and mechanical measures such as bench scales, spring scales, platform scales and weights used in commerce

“It deals with invoicing and receiving, including printing via mobile point of sale (POS), licensing, including printing of mechanic and shop licenses, technician licenses, logs mechanic work, workshop management tracking and repair management for commercially used weighing equipment,” the UNBS said.

Mobile Verification Tool System (SMVT) for Electricity Meter Verification, on the other hand, verifies energy meters and captures electricity meter verification data both during in-house verification and in the field, while the electric truck/e-rig checks road fuel tankers, bulk flow Meters and static tank gauges to ensure fairness in trade.

“Bad measures can lead to bad decisions that can threaten consumer protection and the quality of products and services in the market. In extreme cases, inaccurate measurements can lead to loss of life and property, particularly in the field of medicine and aviation,” the office added.

Additionally, UNBS has deployed the Metrology Laboratory Information Management System (METLIMS) which allows customers to access National Metrology Laboratory (NML) calibration services online, regardless of location.

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