AMR, AMI AND METERING CASE STUDIES AND WHITE PAPERS

Two-Way Fixed Network Helps Texas Community Become ‘City Of The Future’

In January 2014, the city of Meadows Place, Texas, became the first city in Fort Bend County to fully convert to an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) fixed-network system. At the same time, the city also implemented a complete meter change-out for its 1,600 customers. Both projects represent large initiatives for the self-proclaimed “little city” with a population of 4,600 citizens.

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.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING PRODUCTS

Engineered Polymer E-Series® Ultrasonic Meter

Engineered Polymer E-Series® Ultrasonic Meter

E-Series Ultrasonic water meters from Badger Meter use solid-state technology in a compact, totally encapsulated, weatherproof, and UV-resistant housing, suitable for residential and commercial applications.

Web Presentment Software For AMI Data: Aclara® Customer Care Solutions

Web Presentment Software For AMI Data: Aclara® Customer Care Solutions

Reducing costs and increasing customer satisfaction are goals of most utility companies today. These two goals don't logically work together but with Customer Care solutions from Aclara... they can.

MasterLinx Vehicle Reading System Software

MasterLinx Vehicle Reading System Software

The MasterLinx Vehicle Reading System is a portable AMR system that's self contained in a small lightweight portable case and is used to capture meter RF transmissions for reporting and input into a billing system.

BEACON Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA)

BEACON Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA)

BEACON Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) uses a managed solution approach and two-way communications—plus fixed and cellular networks—to deliver a simple yet powerful end-to-end solution.

HbMAG Magnetic Flow Meter

HbMAG Magnetic Flow Meter

Conservation, operational efficiency and versatility are important to municipalities as they look for new ways to optimize service.
Encoders

Encoders

High Resolution Electronic LCD Encoders from Badger Meter are fully electronic, solid-state, field programmable and utilize industry standard ASCII communication protocols to provide high resolution encoded output.

Mi.Node W Meter Interface Unit

Mi.Node W Meter Interface Unit

The Mueller Systems Mi.Node W meter interface unit provides a direct connection to all Hersey water meters equipped with a Translator® encoder register.
Sensus accuMAG Commercial Water Meter

Sensus accuMAG Commercial Water Meter

The accuMAG meter meets and far exceeds the flow requirements of the most recent revision of AWWA Standard C701 class II. Each meter is performance tested to ensure accuracy compliance. The accuMAG meters meet NSF/ANSI Standard 61, Annex F and G.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING PODCASTS

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.

Intelligent Metering Paves Way For Water Efficiency

Intelligent Metering Paves Way For Water Efficiency

When it comes to metering, simple is best. Meters that have no moving parts are more accurate in low flow applications, explains Torsten Hagele of Diehl Metering in an interview with Water Online Radio.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING VIDEOS

Protect Existing Assets

Protect Existing Assets

When water utilities need to implement more advanced AMR, they don’t have to do it all at once – if they’re using Neptune’s R900® System. This video explores how Neptune Area Manager Sam Mitchell is helping Oakland County, Michigan water utilities migrate at their own pace through easily compatible technology while providing quick, accurate data in the field.

Faster Time To Bill

Faster Time To Bill

What is the value of faster, more reliable water meter readings? According to Montgomery Water Works, it’s huge – both in terms of time to bill and in customer service. Watch this video to see how Neptune Territory Manager Kevin Smith helped provide the answers for the accurate information needed for monthly billing and more proactive management.

Boosting Water Utility Productivity

Boosting Water Utility Productivity

Water utilities looking for powerful information need to look no further than Neptune. As you’ll learn in this video, when longtime customer Johnson City, New York needed to implement new AMR technology as well as new billing software for its water department, Neptune Territory Manager Dave Johnson listened – and helped them put it all together for greater productivity.

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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.