AMI Expansion – Utility Takes R900® System Further Without Moving An InchSource: Neptune Technology Group Inc.
According to Utility Operations and Maintenance Supervisor Kenneth Klinepeter, October 2004 marked the beginning of the Borough of Middletown, Pennsylvania’s move from the “dark& ages to the 21st Century” of meter reading. That’s when it said goodbye to antiquated visual walk-by reads and, working with Neptune distributor EAP Industries, Inc., began implementation of the Neptune R900® System it had selected – including E-Coder® solid state absolute encoders, R900® radio frequency meter interface units (RF MIUs), R900® Gateway fixed network data collectors, and N_SIGHT™ R900® host software.
By June 2005, the Borough’s Utility Operations and Maintenance Department had a complete fixed network in place to serve a population of 9,254, with 2,592 residential, 86 commercial, and 27 industrial accounts – as well as nearly 1,700 people in neighboring communities. Initially, Klinepeter used ten collectors. With the introduction of the second version of the Gateway in 2009, the number of collectors was reduced to just four.