AMR, AMI and Metering CASE STUDIES

  1. Two-Way Fixed Network Helps Texas Community Become ‘City Of The Future’
    4/11/2014

    In January 2014, the city of Meadows Place, Texas, became the first city in Fort Bend County to fully convert to an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) fixed-network system. At the same time, the city also implemented a complete meter change-out for its 1,600 customers. Both projects represent large initiatives for the self-proclaimed “little city” with a population of 4,600 citizens.

  2. The New Way Is Two-Way – Implementing A Revolutionary R450 System
    12/9/2013

    Located on Lake Michigan 12 miles north of downtown Chicago, Evanston was named in 1857 for one of the founders of renowned Northwestern University, which predated its surrounding municipality by a couple of years.

  3. Harnessing Advanced Analytics For Water Balancing, Meter Trending And Meter Right-Sizing
    6/20/2014

    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.

  4. Beating Your Water Bill: How Fast, Accurate Water Usage Data Improves Customer Relations
    11/5/2014

    Municipality arrives before the water bill to alert customers of unusual spikes in usage.

  5. A Golden Spike In Revenue, Efficiency, And Customer Service With The R900® System
    8/20/2015

    In 2008, the public utility manager in Ogden City, Utah sent out a request for proposal on a system-wide changeout of its meters, absolute encoders, and radio frequency meter interface units (RF MIUs), with a goal of eliminating estimating and replacing all their meters with AMR technology to read year-round. Read the full case study to learn more.

  6. Increase Revenue With New Commercial Metering Technology
    4/10/2017

    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.

  7. Understand RF Propagation Of AMR/AMI Systems
    9/19/2013

    Most Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) systems installed in utilities use radio frequency (RF) communication.

  8. AMR System Delivers Outstanding Efficiency While Improving Water Conservation In Pacific Northwest
    2/12/2014

    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.

  9. BEACON AMA Increases Efficiency And Reduces Water And Energy Consumption
    8/1/2017

    Located in the San Joaquin Valley of Northern California, an area hit hard by recent droughts, the City of Merced’s Water System Division appreciates the value of water and successful water management. Strict water mandates, put into effect across California after the historic droughts of 2014 and 2015, along with continuing population growth, made the city’s need for flexible and efficient water management solutions more critical than ever.

  10. Identifying And Estimating The Value Of SCADA And Smart Metering Systems In Water Distribution Networks
    2/4/2014

    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.