AMR, AMI AND METERING CASE STUDIES AND WHITE PAPERS

Smart Infrastructure Helps Water Utility Streamline Operations
Smart Infrastructure Helps Water Utility Streamline Operations

Located on a peninsula in the Gateway Region between New York Bay, Newark Bay, and Kill Van Kull, the City of Bayonne, NJ, is proud to support its economy through traditional manufacturing, distribution, and maritime activities.

City Upgrades AMI System For Boost
City Upgrades AMI System For Boost

The city of Yakima services approximately 19,000 accounts within 27 square miles in the Yakima Valley.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING PRODUCTS

AMI Data Collection Unit: Aclara STAR® Network DCU II AMI Data Collection Unit: Aclara STAR® Network DCU II

The STAR® Network DCU II enhances your AMI network by providing reliable and flexible two-way communication for electric, water, and gas meters.

STAR® Network For Gas Utilities STAR® Network For Gas Utilities

The STAR Network for gas utilities offers two-way communications that go beyond AMR by securely and accurately reading gas meters electronically – without meter readers, drive-by vans, or handhelds.

Web Presentment Software For AMI Data: Aclara® Customer Care Solutions Web Presentment Software For AMI Data: Aclara® Customer Care Solutions

Reducing costs and increasing customer satisfaction are goals of most utility companies today. These two goals don't logically work together but with Customer Care solutions from Aclara... they can.

Correlated, Acoustic Leak Detection System: Aclara STAR® ZoneScan Correlated, Acoustic Leak Detection System: Aclara STAR® ZoneScan

Non-revenue water loss due to underground leaks is a major headache for utilities — and losses often worsen as the infrastructure ages. What’s more, leaks often erupt into major infrastructure failures. Aclara STAR ZoneScan is the industry’s only remotely correlated acoustic leak-detection solution that uses time-synchronized sound recordings to identify leak locations on the main. The sound recordings are made by underground equipment in the field and later correlated at the utility, pinpointing leaks before they become expensive emergencies. The solution’s hands-off operation as well as automated data collection and analysis saves money, time, and resources.

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.

Mueller Systems Integral Hot Rod™ Mueller Systems Integral Hot Rod™

The Integral HOT ROD™ is a high performance, transmitter designed for mobile AMR.

HbMAG Magnetic Flow Meter HbMAG Magnetic Flow Meter
Conservation, operational efficiency and versatility are important to municipalities as they look for new ways to optimize service.
mobileRDM mobileRDM

Using the mobileRDM application, workers can push a button to receive status information, read the meter, connect or disconnect service and run diagnostics.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING PODCASTS

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.

More Education For The End Consumer More Education For The End Consumer

AMI solutions play an important role in the drought in the U.S. today. It gives the utilities the ability to collect very granular data about the consumption, as well as things that are going on in the distribution network. Joe Ball, Director of Solutions Marketing for Water with Itron, sat down with Water Online Radio to tell us more.

Water Consumption Data Driving Major Change in Water Consumer Behavior Water Consumption Data Driving Major Change in Water Consumer Behavior

Getting consumers to buy in to the value of water has always been tricky. Many people have been hearing messages about saving water for years but to little effect.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING VIDEOS

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

BEACON Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) BEACON Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA)

BEACON Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) combines the power of an intuitive software suite driven by ORION AMI technology to transform meter reading data into meaningful information that optimizes your utility management.

Recordall® Disc Series Meters Animation Recordall® Disc Series Meters Animation

Recordall Disc Series Meters from Badger Meter are an accurate, cost-effective solution for your residential metering needs. Combining the accuracy of positive displacement meters with the reliability and economy of nutating disc technology, the simple but efficient design of this meter makes it an ideal solution for measuring flow.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING SUPPLIERS

  • Sensus
    Sensus

    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.