AMR, AMI AND METERING CASE STUDIES AND WHITE PAPERS

AMI Expansion – Utility Takes R900® System Further Without Moving An Inch

According to Utility Operations and Maintenance Supervisor Kenneth Klinepeter, October 2004 marked the beginning of the Borough of Middletown, Pennsylvania’s move from the “dark ages to the 21st Century” of meter reading.

Harnessing Advanced Analytics For Water Balancing, Meter Trending And Meter Right-Sizing

Water utility managers today face a conundrum. The American Water Works Association (AWWA) recommends a water utility strive for non-revenue water loss at 10-15 percent, but managers know that many systems lose as much as 50 percent. Discovering where these losses occur is difficult.

More Case Studies and White Papers

AMR, AMI AND METERING PRODUCTS

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.

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.

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.

MegaNet™ High Power AMI

MegaNet™ High Power 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.

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.

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.

R450<sup>™</sup> System Makes Utility Operations Visual

R450 System Makes Utility Operations Visual

Based on Esri® GIS mapping that allows you to view critical conditions and infrastructure status throughout your service areas, R450 RF fixed network technology makes it easy to collect and interpret the data you need.

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.

More Products

AMR, AMI AND METERING PODCASTS

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.

Don’t Wait: Detect Leaks In Real Time

Don’t Wait: Detect Leaks In Real Time

We are a society with little patience. We want what we want when we want it, and not a moment later. That same mentality should be applied to water distribution networks, believes Matt Thomas, vice president of business development with Mueller Systems.

Meter Reading With 5-Minute Interval, Fraction-Of-A-Gallon Resolution Data Logging

Meter Reading With 5-Minute Interval, Fraction-Of-A-Gallon Resolution Data Logging

What if your water meters contained a cellphone modem instead of an RF chip? And what if Verizon Wireless provided the wireless infrastructure for your meter reading operation? These are some of the questions Transparent Technologies Inc. (T2) grappled with in the early days of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) development.

Meter Reading Gets Future Proofed

Meter Reading Gets Future Proofed

As John Fillinger, Director of Utility Marketing for Badger Meter explains in this Water Online Radio interview, utilities no longer need to shoulder the burden of keeping up with technological advances in IT infrastructure on their own.

AMI, Analytics, And The Smart City Evolution

AMI, Analytics, And The Smart City Evolution

The global utility industry is at a technology tipping point, says Joe Ball, the director of product marketing for Water North America for Itron. In his interview with Water Online Radio, Ball talks innovation and how to provide ratepayers with the technology they want.

Non-Revenue Water Loss Lessens With Better Metering Analytics

Non-Revenue Water Loss Lessens With Better Metering Analytics

Installing or upgrading to an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution may only happen once-in-a-lifetime at a water utility. So it is important to take the time to understand the specific circumstances and outcomes that you wish to hit before making your purchasing decision.

More AMR, AMI and Metering Podcasts
Newsletter Signup
Newsletter Signup

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.

More Videos

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.