AMR, AMI AND METERING CASE STUDIES AND WHITE PAPERS

Understand RF Propagation Of AMR/AMI Systems
Understand RF Propagation Of AMR/AMI Systems

Most Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) systems installed in utilities use radio frequency (RF) communication.

  • R450<sup>&trade;</sup> System Grabs More Info From The Inflow
    R450 System Grabs More Info From The Inflow

    The City of Clermont, Florida is located in Lake County 22 miles west of Orlando; and, like its neighbor, has an economy driven largely by tourism.

  • Wingo Water & Sewer Upgrades To ORION® Fixed Network (SE) System From Badger Meter
    Wingo Water & Sewer Upgrades To ORION® Fixed Network (SE) System From Badger Meter

    Located in rural Kentucky, the small town of Wingo may seem like an unlikely candidate to become the first city in the state to employ a complete Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system. However, when it came time to upgrade its meter reading system, the city wanted a comprehensive water utility solution and chose the ORION Fixed Network (SE) system from Badger Meter.

  • Increase Revenue With New Commercial Metering Technology
    Increase Revenue With New Commercial Metering Technology

    Revenue for water utilities is circling the drain. Most commercial water meters can stand up to the high water flow of commercial water customers, but these same meters often have a hard time measuring low water flows and retaining accurate meter reads over time and continuous flow conditions. Grocery stores, for example, do not pay for the scant amount of water used for produce misters because it passes through many commercial water meters without detection. These low flows add up to big dollars and are forcing water utilities to take a hard look at the accuracy of their meter fleet.

  • Electric System Uses FlexNet System To Increase Reliability And Efficiency
    Electric System Uses FlexNet System To Increase Reliability And Efficiency

    Located southwest of Nashville, Tennessee, Dickson Electric System services more than 30,000 residential and commercial customers across Montgomery, Cheatham, Hickman, Dickson and Houston counties.

  • Lightning Fast Response Prevents Extended Down Time
    Lightning Fast Response Prevents Extended Down Time

    The City of Gordon Texas’s drinking water facility was struck by lightning. Thinking long term, and desiring the latest technology available, the City took this opportunity to upgrade their on-line instrumentation with a range of new continuous monitoring on-line instruments including chlorine analyzers, pH monitoring, temperature monitoring, and turbidity monitoring.

  • Utility Improves Data Accuracy, Customer Service With Advanced Metering Analytics
    Utility Improves Data Accuracy, Customer Service With Advanced Metering Analytics

    Bethpage Water District’s (New York) outdated water metering system led to customer service concerns, such as a slow response time for detecting leaks and insufficient data for billing inquiries. By installing new meters and advanced metering analytics software, the district increased visibility into its operations, resulting in greater revenue and improved customer service.

  • Market Town Relies On Economical, Ecological And Future-Proof iPERL Metering Solution
    Market Town Relies On Economical, Ecological And Future-Proof iPERL Metering Solution

    With 2,800 state-of-the-art water meters, the market town of Dießen am Ammersee not only showcases a solution for the cutting-edge communication of usage-data, its new meters also impress with future-proof materials, an economic service life and the provision of transparent services for the utility’s customers.

  • Rural Co-Op Becomes One Of The Most Progressive In The Nation
    Rural Co-Op Becomes One Of The Most Progressive In The Nation

    Located in Wake Forest, North Carolina, Wake Electric Membership Corporation (Wake Electric) is a rural electric cooperative serving 38,000 customers.

  • Mueller Systems: Davie County Public Utilities Improves Customer Service And Operational Efficiency With Hot Rod&trade; From Mueller Systems
    Mueller Systems: Davie County Public Utilities Improves Customer Service And Operational Efficiency With Hot Rod™ From Mueller Systems

    The manual bi-monthly collection of readings from each meter was no small challenge—or expense—for Davie County Public Utilities. Oftentimes, meters in its water system were separated by a half-mile or more, and covering the routes could take a driver and a meter reader as many as 50 days.

  • How The Cloud Is Revolutionizing The Future Of Water Utility Management
    How The Cloud Is Revolutionizing The Future Of Water Utility Management

    Web-based software services, more commonly called cloud computing or Software as a Service (SaaS), are being implemented globally by users in virtually all types of organizations.

  • Kansas City Power And Light Implements Distribution Automation (DA) Technology
    Kansas City Power And Light Implements Distribution Automation (DA) Technology

    KCP&L provides energy-related products and services for homes and businesses in the Kansas City Metropolitan area and nationwide. Headquartered in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, KCP&L generates and distributes electricity to retail customers, cities and electric utilities in Missouri and Kansas.

  • AMA Improves Accuracy And Customer Service For Texas City
    AMA Improves Accuracy And Customer Service For Texas City

    After deployment of an AMI system that didn’t work properly, initially forcing them to manually read meters, Highland Village was in need of a new vendor and product they could count on. Enter Badger Meter and the BEACON® AMA managed solution, with ORION® Cellular endpoints.

Smart Water Solution Delivers Cost Savings And Improved Efficiency For Multi-Service Utilities
Smart Water Solution Delivers Cost Savings And Improved Efficiency For Multi-Service Utilities

City Utilities of Springfield, MO, a multiservice utility delivering electricity, natural gas, and water services to more than 106,000 customers, needed a way to provide timely data about consumption and efficiency to customers across its three different service offerings. While existing technology offered visibility into gas and electricity consumption for the utility and its customers, the options for managing water usage were limited.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING PRODUCTS

Mueller Systems Integral Hot Rod&trade; Mueller Systems Integral Hot Rod™

The Integral HOT ROD™ is a high performance, transmitter designed for mobile AMR.

Sensus iPERL Residential Water Meter Sensus iPERL Residential Water Meter

The Sensus iPERL residential water meter provides technologically unprecedented low flow accuracy, allowing customers to capture both lost water and revenue. With no moving parts, the iPERL requires no additional maintenance and is resistant to wear, retaining its accuracy for the life of the unit. Lead-free, the iPERL’s composite alloy flow tube meets government and industry regulatory requirements and maintains stability through a wide range of temperatures. Designed to boost operational efficiency and increase returns, the iPERL system integrates seamlessly with the Sensus FlexNet™ communication network, offering water utilities a wide range of remote system management options.

Synergize&trade; RF Network Data Collector Unit Synergize™ RF Network Data Collector Unit

Aclara’s Synergize™ RF network Data Collector Unit offers unequalled performance and expandability while providing reliable, flexible, two-way communications for all utility meters, whether electric, gas or water.

EcoMaster &mdash; SDWA Compliant Zero Lead Material Construction EcoMaster — SDWA Compliant Zero Lead Material Construction

EcoMaster represents Master Meter’s latest innovation in the science of material design and construction.

Measuring With The Sound Of Science&trade; Measuring With The Sound Of Science™

Now available in sizes 2" - 8", the Octave® Ultrasonic Meter represents a new approach to comprehensive flow management and accountability based on a greatly improved version of the AWWA C750 standard.

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.

STAR® 3300 Water MTU STAR® 3300 Water MTU

The 3300 water MTU supports up to 8-digit registers and delivers time-stamped reads on a time-synchronized network, allowing for advanced water distribution management.

Innov8 Digital Register Innov8 Digital Register

DESIGN
The water utility industry is changing as the cost of treating and delivering water is constantly rising. Utilities need to be more efficient while utilizing fewer resources. Increased consumer awareness and higher water bills must be met with responsive customer service. Information is being demanded to analyze billing reads and consumption patterns. Large end-users are looking for techniques to assist with conservation and cost controls. Clearly, demands upon water industry professionals are increasing.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING PODCASTS

Amidst Drought, Smart Meters Offer Relief Amidst Drought, Smart Meters Offer Relief

In a time of pervasive drought throughout the Western United States, combined with the relatively newfound ability to account for every ounce of water treated and distributed, it’s no surprise that huge emphasis has been placed on smart, data-savvy metering.

Water Service Shut Offs Without The Confrontation Water Service Shut Offs Without The Confrontation

Turning off water service for non-payment is one of the hardest parts of the job for utility workers. It can also be dangerous as agitated consumers can become verbally and sometimes physically abusive seeing their water service shut off. A new remotely-controlled meter helps remove workers from the chance of physical confrontation.

More Education For The End Consumer More Education For The End Consumer

AMI solutions play an important role in the drought in the U.S. today. It gives the utilities the ability to collect very granular data about the consumption, as well as things that are going on in the distribution network. Joe Ball, Director of Solutions Marketing for Water with Itron, sat down with Water Online Radio to tell us more.

Meters Mean More Meters Mean More

The water meter may seem like a small piece of equipment in the scope of the full treatment and delivery process, but it will be crucial to the industry’s forthcoming strides.

Water Consumption Data Driving Major Change in Water Consumer Behavior Water Consumption Data Driving Major Change in Water Consumer Behavior

Getting consumers to buy in to the value of water has always been tricky. Many people have been hearing messages about saving water for years but to little effect.

Advanced Metering Poised To Become Utilities’ New Best Friend Advanced Metering Poised To Become Utilities’ New Best Friend

Utility workers will remember a time when meter reading meant driving to a customer’s house, walking up to their meter and manually recording water use. Those days were replaced with the now standard use of walk- and drive-by meter readers. That standard, like its predecessor, is poised to be supplanted by the next wave in metering technology.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING VIDEOS

Check Out This Video To See How West Virginia City Is Lowering Water Loss Check Out This Video To See How West Virginia City Is Lowering Water Loss

David Sago, City Utilities Manager for Fairmont, WV, explains in this video how the City of Fairmont is using analytics and monitoring technology from Sensus.

See How The City Of Fairmont, WV, Is Lowering Water Loss See How The City Of Fairmont, WV, Is Lowering Water Loss

Using analytics and monitoring technology from Sensus, the utility creates custom reports to better manage customer usage and control costs. The smart water system is enabling the utility to save money for the customer and for the city.

Instrumental In Sustainability Instrumental In Sustainability

Every day you work to optimize your operations, protect quality, find innovative solutions, and reduce costs.

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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

    Aclara is a world-class supplier of smart infrastructure technologies to water, gas and electric utilities globally. Over 700 utilities in nine countries rely on proven Aclara solutions to connect with their customers. Visit us at www.Aclara.com and follow us on Twitter @AclaraSolutions.

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.