Magazine Article | February 27, 2013

Advanced Metering Infrastructure Provides Dynamic Growth Potential In North America

By Eric Meliton

Tracking the AMI trend, and why it’s important.

With concerns regarding water scarcity and freshwater management in North America increasing, the added pressure on water utilities caused by rising labor and energy costs is beginning to take a toll. Water utilities are continuing to seek out ways to improve operational efficiencies, and smart water-metering technologies may provide a long-term solution. Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) aids utilities in lowering maintenance and operational costs, despite short-term capital expenditure costs for implementation.

Some of the advantages of AMI technology include on-demand meter reading, remote connectivity, and increased meter reading and billing accuracy. These features are linked to advantages for water utilities in terms of cost savings and reduction of water losses.