AMR, AMI AND METERING CASE STUDIES AND WHITE PAPERS

Beating Your Water Bill: How Fast, Accurate Water Usage Data Improves Customer Relations

Municipality arrives before the water bill to alert customers of unusual spikes in usage.

Ultrasonic Metering For Small Water Meter Applications

For many years, ultrasonic metering has been utilized for large scale liquid and gas measurement. However, it is a relatively new technology for small meter applications — particularly those designed for potable water.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING PRODUCTS

The Master Meter BLMJ — The Undisputed Leader in Multi-Jet Technology

The Master Meter BLMJ — The Undisputed Leader in Multi-Jet Technology

Maximize your revenue stream across a wide range of small commercial applications with our Intermediate MS Multi-Jets and capture low flow readings where turbine meters fall short.

Encoders

Encoders

Badger Meter offers the latest innovations in high resolution encoder technology with the release of the HR-E LCD and HR-E encoders. Our high resolution encoders provide utilities with much more than just a reading. Whether you choose the 9-digit LCD or the 8-dial HR-E encoder, the high resolution encoded output provides leak detection and other critical information through the reading system to help utilities manage their water. High resolution encoders utilize the industry standard communication protocol, and do not require programming or setting adjustments during installation or wire repair. And, through a unique sealing process that eliminates gaskets, Badger Meter encoders are built to withstand harsh environments including flooded pits.

OCTAVE® Ultrasonic Water Measurement System

OCTAVE® Ultrasonic Water Measurement System

Now available in sizes 2" to 12", the Octave Ultrasonic Meter offers highly advanced, all-digital technology and achieves precise measurement without any moving parts to ensure optimum revenue.

AMI Meter Data Software: Aclara STAR® Network Network Control Computer (NCC)

AMI Meter Data Software: Aclara STAR® Network Network Control Computer (NCC)

The STAR® Network NCC allows utilities to better manage their AMI data including information about customer accounts, meter transmitters, and data collectors. What's more, it makes it easy to transfer gas, water, and electric meter data to billing, customer service, accounting, and other utility applications.

Sensus Fire Hydrant Meter

Sensus Fire Hydrant Meter

Measure water from hydrants or non-permanent set-ups. Choose from two models: 125-W and 1125-W for measuring flows to 1125 GPM (4250 litres per minute). Both have convenient carrying handles, locking hasp lids and are available with a number of options.

Mueller Systems Mi.Data™

Mueller Systems Mi.Data™

As water rates rise, educating consumers on the importance of water conservation and how water usage can influence monthly utility bills will play an increasingly significant role in providing good customer service.

Sensus OMNI Fireline Meter

Sensus OMNI Fireline Meter

The OMNI meter is the most technologically advanced large water meter on the market today. The key to this optimal measurement performance is the application of the new Floating Ball Technology (FBT).

Recordall® Turbo Series Meters

Recordall® Turbo Series Meters

Recordall Turbo Series Meters from Badger Meter are the smart choice for larger facilities, including hotels, apartment buildings, commercial and industrial buildings, manufacturing and processing plants, irrigation centers, and refining operations. The no-nonsense performance of this meter will help reduce your day-to-day maintenance and replacement costs, while capturing every billable penny through greater accuracy and efficiency.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING PODCASTS

Partnership For Smart Water Solutions

Partnership For Smart Water Solutions

Water Online Radio sat down with Silver Springs Networks and Master Meter to discuss the companies’ partnership to incorporate Master Meter’s proven advanced water metering products with Silver Spring’s existing multi-application network, creating a comprehensive solution that allows utilities to easily track and bill their customers through a single reliable, secure network.

3 Keys To Solving The World’s Water Issues, Found In Milwaukee

3 Keys To Solving The World’s Water Issues, Found In Milwaukee

Milwaukee used to be touted as the “beer capital of the world,” but now the city is spreading its influence in a more noble way — as a world-leading hub of water technology.

Technical Experts Key To The Future Of Water

Technical Experts Key To The Future Of Water

Water is a complex, challenging field— a fact that should be better promoted if the industry wants to move forward, says Rich Lowrie, the water and wastewater industry manager with Krohne.

Utilities Get “Smart” About Disaster Preparation

Utilities Get “Smart” About Disaster Preparation

To prepare for an emergency, one of the smartest things a utility can do is have a smart water network, says Tom Mills of Sensus in an interview with Water Online Radio.

Next-Level Meter Reading And Customer Service

Next-Level Meter Reading And Customer Service

As data collection becomes more popular, management of that data — what information is actionable, and what actions should be taken — becomes an important consideration. DataZeo is dedicated to refining meter reading, field operations, and customer communication.

Water Preservation And Conservation Aided By Intelligent Software

Water Preservation And Conservation Aided By Intelligent Software

According to Ian MacLeod, water preservation and water conservation are all about accountability. Consumers being held accountable to conserve. And utilities are recognizing the need to effectively preserve the water they treat.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING VIDEOS

BEACON Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA)

BEACON Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA)

BEACON Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) combines the power of an intuitive software suite driven by ORION AMI technology to transform meter reading data into meaningful information that optimizes your utility management.

Recordall® Disc Series Meters Animation

Recordall® Disc Series Meters Animation

Recordall Disc Series Meters from Badger Meter are an accurate, cost-effective solution for your residential metering needs. Combining the accuracy of positive displacement meters with the reliability and economy of nutating disc technology, the simple but efficient design of this meter makes it an ideal solution for measuring flow.

Remote Pressure Monitoring System: Video

Remote Pressure Monitoring System: Video

Several years ago, Mueller began a journey to develop a user friendly and cost-effective technology to continuously and remotely monitor pressure at any point within a potable water distribution system. The technology involves threading a sensor onto a corporation valve to transmit pressure readings. The pressure sensor, typically installed two (2) per District Metering Area (DMA), reports at user-defined intervals via cellular service and a Mueller-hosted secure web server. Beginning with pressure monitoring, Mueller has created a communications backbone that utilities can integrate into its monitoring systems or use as a stand-alone monitoring platform. This technology is currently available in North America.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING SUPPLIERS

  • Sensus
    Sensus

    Water Meters|Automatic Meter Reading Systems|Fire Service Meters|Control Instrumentation

  • Neptune Technology Group Inc.
    Neptune Technology Group Inc.

    Maximize efficiencies. Enhance revenue. Improve customer service. Conserve precious natural resources. You can do it all with ARB® Utility Management Systems™ from Neptune. Since 1892, Neptune has provided utility metering systems that save time, money, and labor.

  • Mueller Water Products
    Mueller Water Products

    Mueller Water Products, Inc. manufactures and markets products and services that are used in the transmission and distribution of safe, clean drinking water and in water treatment facilities throughout North America.

  • Master Meter, Inc.
    Master Meter, Inc.

    Water Meter Manufacturer|National Chain of Distributors for Sales and Service|Award-Winning AMR Wireless RF Meters

  • Badger Meter
    Badger Meter

    Badger Meter is a leading manufacturer and marketer of flow measurement and control products, serving water utilities, municipalities and industrial customers worldwide. Measuring a variety of liquids, from potable water to oil and lubricants, to industrial processes, our products are known for their high degree of accuracy, long-lasting durability, and their ability to provide valuable and timely measurement information to our customers.

  • Aclara
    Aclara

    The Aclara® brand represents the industry’s leading Intelligent Infrastructure™ technologies for providing device networking, data-value management, and customer communications to water, gas, and electric utilities globally. Over 500 utilities in nine countries rely on proven Aclara solutions to connect with their customers.

ABOUT AMR, AMI AND METERING

ABOUT AMR, AMI & METERING

Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) is a system and process used to remotely collect water meter data without the physical presence of personnel at the reading point. The system can be configured to read multiple meters at exactly the same point in time such as midnight or at the end of every month. Automatic Meter Readers (AMR) also known as SMART Meters afford suppliers with a cost effective solution to meter reading. Automatic meter readers use a real time wireless communication network to connect digital water meters with a central management system. Digital water meters use ultrasonic measurement technology to provide precise meter readings. AMR is a key driver of efficiency for water utilities by lowering costs by optimizing maintenance interventions and lowering reading operations. An effective AMR system can only work if the water meter has a pulse out where a radio transmitter will be attached to it. Multiple meter readings will then be transmitted to a device called the repeater. Using GPRS the readings will be transmitted to a server. The data can then be obtained from the server for use.  AMR devices incorporate smart image recognition technology (OCR – Optical Character Recognition), BPL (Broadband Power line) as well as PLC (Power line Communications) technologies.

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) are the systems beyond simply the meters that allow utility professionals to not only collect and analyze water usage, but also communicate back to metering devices, either on request or on a schedule. These systems include electronic/digital hardware and software providing continuously available remote communications. A typical AMI solution equips the customer with advanced solid state, electronic AMR meters that collect time-based data. These meters have the ability to transmit the collected data through commonly available fixed networks such as Broadband over Power Line (BPL), Power Line Communications (PLC), Fixed Radio Frequency (RF) networks, and public networks (e.g., landline, cellular, paging). The meter data are received by the AMI host system and sent to the Meter Data Management System (MDMS) that manages data storage and analysis to provide the information in useful form to the utility.

Utilities are turning toward advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems as part of larger “Smart Grid” initiatives. AMI extends current advanced meter reading (AMR) technology by providing two way meter communications, allowing commands to be sent toward the home for multiple purposes, including “time-of-use” pricing information, demand-response actions, or remote service disconnects.