AMR, AMI AND METERING CASE STUDIES AND WHITE PAPERS

STAR Network System Stands Up To Hurricane Sandy

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is the largest public water utility in North America, serving more than 800,000 customers and nine million residents.

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.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING PRODUCTS

HQ40d Portable Meter Kit

HQ40d Portable Meter Kit

Designed for water quality experts, the Hach HQ40d portable meter is an advanced meter that takes the guesswork out of measurements.

Recordall® Disc Series Meters

Recordall® Disc Series Meters

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.

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.

MasterLinx™ Enterprise Management Software

MasterLinx™ Enterprise Management Software

Raw data from handheld field computers, drive-by AMR, fixed network, or 3G Cellular is easily made actionable under a single data management system.

Hot Rod™ Radio Transmitter Unit

Hot Rod™ Radio Transmitter Unit

Hot Rod™ is Mueller Systems' high performance mobile AMR system.
Recordall® Fire Series Meters And Assembly Solutions

Recordall® Fire Series Meters And Assembly Solutions

As the sentinels of your vital fire protection systems, Recordall Fire Series Meters (FSMA) and Assemblies (FSAA) from Badger Meter are ideal for dedicated and multi-use fire service applications.

Stainless Steel E-Series® Ultrasonic Meter

Stainless Steel 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.

Recordall® Fire Hydrant Meters

Recordall® Fire Hydrant Meters

Many businesses today – landscape service companies, construction and pool contractors, for example – often need a temporary source of water, and they are willing to pay for it.

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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

Remote Pressure Monitoring System

Remote Pressure Monitoring System

The ability to continuously and remotely monitor pressure at any point within potable water distribution systems is crucial to ensuring access to safe, cleaning drinking water.

Facilities Video Tour

Facilities Video Tour

Every single day, over 2,500 water utilities throughout North America count on the field-proven quality and innovation of Neptune’s ARB® Utility Management Systems. In this video tour of our facilities, you’ll see how Neptune strives to be your most valued partner through engineering and craftsmanship that are recognized far and wide.

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.

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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.