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.
In this podcast, David Steidtmann and Todd Stocker of Aclara discuss many of the variables that should be considered. For example, it’s important to recognize whether your utility can spend the capital up front to reduce your O&M costs or will require flexibility to pay for the system as you experience the benefits.
You also need to understand how much integration is required to link the new AMI solution into your existing IT infrastructure and avoid disruption to your billing functions.
Steidtmann and Stocker also consider how meter reading is evolving and some of the possibilities now available to your utility. New metering analytics allows you to calculate apparent loss where the water is not really lost (it’s simply going through the meter but not being registered). It also allows you to replace meters on an individual basis rather than the traditional schedule to improve reliable measurement.
As Stocker points out, “now you can do a lot more with the data around distribution management, calculating non-revenue water losses, and really get a handle on what’s going on within your distribution network as well as within your consumers’ homes."
Click below for the full interview.