AMR, AMI AND METERING CASE STUDIES AND WHITE PAPERS

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

  •  BEACON® Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) With ORION® Cellular Endpoints Increases Revenue And Improves Customer Service
    BEACON® Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) With ORION® Cellular Endpoints Increases Revenue And Improves Customer Service

    Salisbury-Rowan Utilities in Salisbury, N.C. prides itself on providing excellent customer service. While its commercial and industrial customers comprise just 15 percent of total customer accounts, they generate 65 percent of the utility’s monthly billed volume. That’s why, when it came time to select a new meter reading solution, the ability to receive data-driven analytics to better understand, monitor and manage its operations was a top priority for the utility’s leadership team.

  • Evaluating Total Cost Of Ownership Models When Choosing Advanced Metering And Communications Networks
    Evaluating Total Cost Of Ownership Models When Choosing Advanced Metering And Communications Networks

    This white paper describes how utilities can apply TCO evaluation, which takes into account on-going operations costs, replacement and lifecycle costs and personnel, as well as initial capital investment, to get a more complete picture of what systems will actually cost over time. These TCO calculations prove that point-to-multipoint fixed-network solutions can provide the best TCO of any competitive system, including manual, drive-by or mesh fixed-network solutions.

  • BEACON® AMA And E-Series® Meters Offer An Accurate And Long-Term Metering Solution For Heber Springs Water And Wastewater Utility
    BEACON® AMA And E-Series® Meters Offer An Accurate And Long-Term Metering Solution For Heber Springs Water And Wastewater Utility

    Heber Springs, a resort town in northcentral Arkansas, had been experiencing various challenges for a number of years. The utility’s team was facing difficulties in finding qualified personnel to obtain accurate and timely meter readings, identifying leaks quickly due to inaccurate or old meters, and managing extra time spent on misreads and rechecking meter reads. Read the full case to determine how the utility realized that that Badger Meter’s solution would be more cost effective in the long-term compared with other major metering companies.

  • 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.

  • New Smart Water Network Provides Perfect Harmony At Nashville Metro Water Services
    New Smart Water Network Provides Perfect Harmony At Nashville Metro Water Services

    Providing clean drinking water to its citizens since the early 1800s, Nashville’s city government has a deep-rooted history in the water industry. Today, Nashville Metro Water Services (MWS) serves more than 191,000 customers in Nashville and surrounding counties.

  • Choosing The Right Residential Water Metering Technology
    Choosing The Right Residential Water Metering Technology

    Accurate and dependable water metering is more important than ever for today’s water utilities. Although utility managers are tasked with meeting tight budgets, it is imperative for utilities to invest in their water metering infrastructure. When making meter selection decisions, utilities must consider several factors. These include service size, application, and expected flow rates. There is no “one type fits all” application when it comes to meter technologies.

  • Encore® 700 Chemical Feed Pumps Provide Reliable Service Over 20 Years In Santa Barbara, California
    Encore® 700 Chemical Feed Pumps Provide Reliable Service Over 20 Years In Santa Barbara, California

    The 37 million gallon per day William B. Cater Water Treatment plant serves City of Santa Barbara with the majority of its drinking water while also supplying treated water to the districts of Montecito Water, Carpinteria Valley Water, Goleta Water, and La Cumbre Water.

  • New AMR System Improves Efficiency, Conservation, Customer Service And Revenue For Coeur d’Alene
    New AMR System Improves Efficiency, Conservation, Customer Service And Revenue For Coeur d’Alene

    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 according to Rob Stark, utility supervisor for the City of Coeur d’Alene Water Department, it wasn’t realizing the full benefits with its existing system.

  • 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.

  • Fountain Valley, California Beats Water Reduction Goal With Sensus Technology
    Fountain Valley, California Beats Water Reduction Goal With Sensus Technology

    Dried up reservoirs, cracked dirt and empty swimming pools are just a few of the visual reminders of the ongoing California drought. But what most people don’t see is the water providers, like Mark Sprague at the City of Fountain Valley, working tirelessly to keep the water running.

  • 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.

  • Composite Water Meters: Setting The Standard
    Composite Water Meters: Setting The Standard

    For the past 150 years, Sensus has brought water metrology products to market that have led the industry in technology, efficiency and accuracy. Today is no different as environmental regulations and sustainable technologies are key concerns for water utilities.

Staying On Top of Water In Spite Of Flood
Staying On Top of Water In Spite Of Flood

The biggest flood in decades roared through the Village of Johnson City, NY, one day in September 2011, and the water department lost everything, including their office, which was submerged in several feet of water. Working with Neptune Technology Group, Johnson City began installation of its new Neptune meters, along with E-Coder®)R900i™ combination solid state absolute encoder/RF meter interface units.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING PRODUCTS

Venturi Inlet Single-Jet Technology Venturi Inlet Single-Jet Technology

Venturi Inlet (Single Jet) - The Venturi inlet conditions the water into a jet directing the flow and force of water towards the tips of the impeller.

BEACON® Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) Consumer Engagement - EyeOnWater® BEACON® Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) Consumer Engagement - EyeOnWater®

EyeOnWater® is a consumer engagement application that goes beyond traditional monthly statements to connect utilities and their customers like never before. Available exclusively through BEACON® Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) software suite, EyeOnWater enables utility customers to view and understand their usage profile through easy-to-understand consumption graphs and provides a simple method to establish alerts to better manage their water use.

Recordall® Fire Hydrant Meters Recordall® Fire Hydrant Meters

Many businesses today – landscape service companies, construction and pool contractors, for example – often need a temporary source of water, and they are willing to pay for it.

E-Series® Ultrasonic Meters E-Series® Ultrasonic Meters

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.  Equipped with an easy-to-read, 9-digit LCD display, the Ultrasonic meter presents consumption, rate of flow, reverse-flow indication, and alarms.  With no moving parts, the E-Series meter also improves reliability and has greater extended low flow accuracy compared to other positive displacement meters; accurate to +/-3%.

OCTAVE® Ultrasonic Water Measurement System OCTAVE® Ultrasonic Water Measurement System

Now available in sizes 2" to 12", the Octave Ultrasonic Meter offers highly advanced, all-digital technology and achieves precise measurement without any moving parts to ensure optimum revenue.

Interpreter Retrofit AMR Register — Integrate Intelligence Into Existing Metered Assets Interpreter Retrofit AMR Register — Integrate Intelligence Into Existing Metered Assets

The Interpreter Universal AMR Register System unites your current meter infrastructure with a powerful voice by providing a simple, cost-effective smart AMR retrofit register design.

BEACON® Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA)<br> Managed Solution BEACON® Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA)
Managed Solution

The BEACON® Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) managed solution from Badger Meter brings a new level of utility-optimizing information to light. The BEACON AMA managed solution combines the power of the intuitive BEACON AMA software suite with proven ORION® Cellular/Fixed Network technology to provide utility management with greater visibility and control.

Synergize&trade; RF Network Data Collector Unit Synergize™ RF Network Data Collector Unit

Aclara’s Synergize™ RF network Data Collector Unit offers unequalled performance and expandability while providing reliable, flexible, two-way communications for all utility meters, whether electric, gas or water.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING PODCASTS

Smart Water Management Enabled By LoRaWAN Networks Smart Water Management Enabled By LoRaWAN Networks

The LoRa Alliance is a non-profit association of members who are collaborating together to drive the adoption of a communication protocol that offers  long range, long battery life and open architecture. For water utilities specifically, the LoRa wide area network (WAN) would allow devices from multiple manufacturers to be able to communicate with each other across long distances.

Beyond AMI: The Power Of Analytics In Water Distribution Systems Beyond AMI: The Power Of Analytics In Water Distribution Systems

With ever more sophisticated metering systems and software, utilities are racing to gain data-driven insights about their network beyond the traditional consumption metrics for billing purposes. As Christine Scorza, Senior Director of Product Management Software for Aclara explains in this Water Online interview, revenue assurance, leak detection, and even meter right-sizing have all become possible beyond billing with the advancement of sensors, big data storage and analytics in the water industry.

Metering Evolves To Meet Water Resource Conditions Of 21st Century Metering Evolves To Meet Water Resource Conditions Of 21st Century

Aclara Technologies has been on a tear over the past 12 months. Acquiring General Electric’s meter business and the installation business Smart Grid Solutions. Rebranding the business and digging deeper into its customers’ needs to create metering solutions for the long run.

Water Meter Accelerometer Captures Water Thieves In The Act Water Meter Accelerometer Captures Water Thieves In The Act

Historically, a mechanical water meter has lost accuracy over its life time as parts wear and its mechanics deteriorate. However, the new Sonata meter from Master Meter is a non-moving parts product utilizing ultrasonic flow measurement sensor technology to help reduce inaccurate water measurement.

Amid Drought, Smart Meters Offer Relief Amid Drought, Smart Meters Offer Relief

In a time of pervasive drought throughout the Western United States, combined with the relatively newfound ability to account for every ounce of water treated and distributed, it’s no surprise that huge emphasis has been placed on smart, data-savvy metering.

Water Service Shut Offs Without The Confrontation Water Service Shut Offs Without The Confrontation

Turning off water service for non-payment is one of the hardest parts of the job for utility workers. It can also be dangerous as agitated consumers can become verbally and sometimes physically abusive seeing their water service shut off. A new remotely-controlled meter helps remove workers from the chance of physical confrontation.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING VIDEOS

E-Series Plus with Integrated Shutoff Valve Animation E-Series Plus with Integrated Shutoff Valve Animation

E-Series ultrasonic meters offer the latest in innovative electronic metering technology with the release of the new e-series ultrasonic plus with integrated shut-off valve. Offering all of the benefits of the original e-series meter, the ultrasonic plus features a patented flow restriction valve that supports open, closed, and partial closed settings. It allows water utilities to actuate the valve remotely to temporarily restrict water service safely and efficiently. Watch the full video to learn more.

FlexNet for Water FlexNet for Water

Working with smart meters and sensors, the FlexNet® communication network securely transmits and receives water distribution data.

Instrumental In Sustainability Instrumental In Sustainability

Every day you work to optimize your operations, protect quality, find innovative solutions, and reduce costs.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING SUPPLIERS

  • Sensus, a Xylem brand
    Sensus, a Xylem brand

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

  • Neptune Technology Group Inc.
    Neptune Technology Group Inc.

    Maximize efficiencies. Enhance revenue. Improve customer service. Conserve precious natural resources. You can do it all with ARB® Utility Management Systems™ from Neptune. Since 1892, Neptune has provided utility metering systems that save time, money, and labor.

  • 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.

  • Master Meter, Inc.
    Master Meter, Inc.

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

  • 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.

  • Aclara
    Aclara

    Aclara is a world-class supplier of smart infrastructure technologies to water, gas and electric utilities globally. Over 700 utilities in nine countries rely on proven Aclara solutions to connect with their customers. Visit us at www.Aclara.com and follow us on Twitter @AclaraSolutions.

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.