AMR, AMI AND METERING CASE STUDIES AND WHITE PAPERS

The City Of Clayton Reduces Non-Revenue Water, Improves Customer Service And Operational Efficiency With Hot Rod™

Clayton was plagued with exceptionally high non-revenue water rates in the 50 percent range. The city attributed the problem to leaks in its water system (parts of which have been in place the 1920s) that are exasperated by high pressure levels needed to pump water to more than 3200 service connections throughout Clayton’s mountainous terrain located 2200ft above sea level.

  • R900<sup>®</sup> System Sets Walk-by Meter Readers on Easy Migration Path
    R900® System Sets Walk-by Meter Readers on Easy Migration Path

    Located in the picturesque southwest corner of the state, Westmoreland County was the Pennsylvania colony’s first county west of the Allegheny Mountains.

  • STAR Network System Stands Up To Hurricane Sandy
    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.

  • Combining The Right Metering Technology With The Right Software Drives Accurate Data
    Combining The Right Metering Technology With The Right Software Drives Accurate Data

    The City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, had been using a drive-by Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) system to read all of its meters since 2010, but it wasn’t realizing the full benefits with its existing system. A Badger Meter AMR solution was chosen based on its strong track record for increased savings, more accurate measurement, and customer service improvements, supported by sophisticated data analysis and leak detection features. With the new system, the city now sees greater revenue, reduced water loss, and improved efficiency.

  • South Mesa Water Co. Improves Customer Service, Conservation And Operational Efficiency With Hot Rod™ From Mueller Systems

    Operational efficiency and conservation are increasing in focus among water utilities across the United States, however, they are especially important to Calimesa, Calif.-based South Mesa Water Company.

  • 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.

  • The Village Of Frankfort Awarded For Operational Efficiencies Achieved Through The Mi.Net™ System And Meter Replacement

    Most recently, Frankfort Village officials decided to replace its water and electric meters and implement an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network to increase the operational efficiencies of its water and electric infrastructure in ways that would help improve employee safety, water and energy conservation and customer service while also reducing operational costs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • AMR System Delivers Outstanding Efficiency While Improving Water Conservation In Pacific Northwest
    AMR System Delivers Outstanding Efficiency While Improving Water Conservation In Pacific Northwest

    Public Utility District No. 1 of Skagit County (Skagit PUD) in Washington state was at a crossroads, facing a number of challenges related to its meter reading system. Because the utility was using a touch-read/visual-read system, it was highly dependent on its water meter readers’ acquired route knowledge. Two of the PUD’s three meter readers were planning to retire soon, and it would take at least a year to hire and train new employees to fill their experienced shoes. At the same time, the community was growing at a steady pace, and a significant number of its existing meters were reaching the end of their useful lifecycle.

  • 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.

  • Identifying And Estimating The Value Of SCADA And Smart Metering Systems In Water Distribution Networks
    Identifying And Estimating The Value Of SCADA And Smart Metering Systems In Water Distribution Networks

    Considering the invaluable service provided to the society by the water companies, it is imperative to ensure their sustainability. To achieve this objective, these organizations must be allowed to fulfill their mission with effectiveness and efficiency. Information and communication technologies are especially important tools in this pursuit of enhanced performance.

  • 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.

New Meters And AMR System Deliver Outstanding Revenue Savings And Improved Efficiencies In Ozark Mountain Region

Tri County Regional Water upgrades to Badger Meter E-Series® Ultrasonic meters and ORION® Classic (CE) automatic meter reading (AMR) solution.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING PRODUCTS

The Master Meter BLMJ &mdash; 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.

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.
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.

BEACON AMA Software Suite

BEACON AMA Software Suite

As part of the BEACON Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) managed solution, you can count on the BEACON AMA software suite to transform your data into proactive intelligence and enhance your overall operations.

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).

AMI Data Collection Unit: Aclara STAR® Network DCU II

AMI Data Collection Unit: Aclara STAR® Network DCU II

The STAR® Network DCU II enhances your AMI network by providing reliable and flexible two-way communication for electric, water, and gas meters.

Mi.Hub Data Collector

Mi.Hub Data Collector

The Mueller Systems Mi.Hub data collector component of the Mi.Net® system enables true, two-way radio frequency communication between water meters equipped with Translator® encoder registers, Mi.Node W meter interface modules, Mi.Node E electric modules and the Mi.Host server.

Two-Way Communication MTU: Aclara STAR® Network AMI Solution

Two-Way Communication MTU: Aclara STAR® Network AMI Solution

The Aclara STAR® Network 3300 water MTU delivers two-way communication and a time-synchronized network to provide a utility with a snapshot of system water consumption at a single point in time.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING PODCASTS

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.

Cellular-Based Technology Offers AMI Without The Investment

Cellular-Based Technology Offers AMI Without The Investment

The processes of moving to an (AMI) automated metering infrastructure system can be daunting. But with cellular-based meter-reading everything is already in place for an AMI network.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING VIDEOS

MEgaNet – High-Powered AMI

MEgaNet – High-Powered AMI

Mueller Systems extends its commitment to providing utilities with smart metering solutions designed to increase efficiencies, conserve energy and water, and improve customer service, with the addition of MegaNet™, a high-powered, long-range, fixed-network advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system. The MegaNet system complements Mueller Systems’ other metering solutions, including the Mi.Net® infrastructure network AMI system and HotRod™ automated meter reading solution.

Introducing BEACON AMA

Introducing BEACON AMA

Introducing BEACON Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA), a new managed solution for utilities from Badger Meter.

BEACON AMA Testimonials

BEACON AMA Testimonials

A video compilation of customer testimonials for BEACON Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA), a new managed solution for utilities from Badger Meter.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING SUPPLIERS

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Master Meter, Inc.
    Master Meter, Inc.

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

  • 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.

  • Sensus
    Sensus

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

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.