AMR, AMI AND METERING CASE STUDIES AND WHITE PAPERS

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.

  • AMI Steps Up Efficiency Without Feet On The Street
    AMI Steps Up Efficiency Without Feet On The Street

    Begun in 1882 as a station along the Missouri, Kansas, & Texas (MKT or Katy) Railroad, Hewitt, Texas encompasses 6.86 square miles south of Waco.

  • Turbiwell Comparision Report Before And After Upgrade
    Turbiwell Comparision Report Before And After Upgrade

    Russellville water treatment plant is a surface water plant using traditional clarification, filtration, and treatment. The plant historically has used traditional contact turbidimeters that employ tungsten lamps that required quarterly maintenance, but replaced their turbidimeters with Swan Turbiwell turbidimeters in 2012. Read the full report for a comparison of the performance of the Swan Turbiwell to the previously installed turbidimeters. 

  • Aclara Smart Communications Network Seamlessly Integrates To The Utility LAN
    Aclara Smart Communications Network Seamlessly Integrates To The Utility LAN

    The primary goal of public or privately owned utilities has always been to cost-effectively and efficiently deliver electricity, gas, and water to consumers. However, utilities today cope with added pressures. They are being asked to do more with less, contending with smaller workforces and less capital expenditures while at the same time trying to prevent assets from becoming obsolete. By Aclara

  • Utility Improves Data Accuracy, Customer Service With Advanced Metering Analytics
    Utility Improves Data Accuracy, Customer Service With Advanced Metering Analytics

    Bethpage Water District’s (New York) outdated water metering system led to customer service concerns, such as a slow response time for detecting leaks and insufficient data for billing inquiries. By installing new meters and advanced metering analytics software, the district increased visibility into its operations, resulting in greater revenue and improved customer service.

  • 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.

  • The Village Of Frankfort Awarded For Operational Efficiencies Achieved Through The Mi.Net™ System And Meter Replacement

    Most recently, Frankfort Village officials decided to replace its water and electric meters and implement an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network to increase the operational efficiencies of its water and electric infrastructure in ways that would help improve employee safety, water and energy conservation and customer service while also reducing operational costs.

  • Wingo Water & Sewer Upgrades To ORION® Fixed Network (SE) System From Badger Meter
    Wingo Water & Sewer Upgrades To ORION® Fixed Network (SE) System From Badger Meter

    Located in rural Kentucky, the small town of Wingo may seem like an unlikely candidate to become the first city in the state to employ a complete Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system. However, when it came time to upgrade its meter reading system, the city wanted a comprehensive water utility solution and chose the ORION Fixed Network (SE) system from Badger Meter.

  • R450<sup>&trade;</sup> System Grabs More Info From The Inflow
    R450 System Grabs More Info From The Inflow

    The City of Clermont, Florida is located in Lake County 22 miles west of Orlando; and, like its neighbor, has an economy driven largely by tourism.

  • Increase Revenue With New Commercial Metering Technology
    Increase Revenue With New Commercial Metering Technology

    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.

  • BEACON AMA Managed Solution Helps Provide Great Water and Great Customer Service
    BEACON AMA Managed Solution Helps Provide Great Water and Great Customer Service

    Situated along the Arkansas River and Lake Dardanelle in the heart of the Arkansas River Valley, Russellville, Arkansas is known for having plentiful amounts of high quality, fresh water.

  • Berkeley County Water & Sanitation Takes Big Leap Forward With Big Data From Sensus
    Berkeley County Water & Sanitation Takes Big Leap Forward With Big Data From Sensus

    Berkeley County Water & Sanitation (BCWS) has moved from manual meter reads to remote readings that happen with the push of a button. The result? Massive amounts of data but no clear view into how to use it to benefit its more than 24,000 customers and better plan for tomorrow.

  • 50+ Years With Neptune And Building On A Decade of R900 Technology
    50+ Years With Neptune And Building On A Decade of R900 Technology

    The Public Works Utilities of Billings, Montana, began their partnership with Neptune Technology back in the 1950s and was an early adopter of Neptune’s ARB® absolute encoder meter reading technology in the 1960s.

How To Read An Encoder
How To Read An Encoder

The HR-E LCD encoder has a 9-digit Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) to show consumption, flow and alarm information. The display automatically toggles between 9-digit and 6-digit consumption, rate of flow and meter model.

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AMR, AMI AND METERING PRODUCTS

R900<sup>®</sup> System R900® System

How can your water utility protect present investments in technology while building onto those investments as you need, at your own pace?

E-Series® Ultrasonic Plus E-Series® Ultrasonic Plus

The E-Series® Ultrasonic Plus with integrated shutoff valve has a patented flow restriction valve that supports open, closed and partial closed settings. It's permanent seal maximizes field life through a patent pending magnetic coupled valve. With a flexible, modular design, you can install the meter now and install the valve in the field later. The valve actuation and management is controlled through BEACON® AMA software. Tags: drinking-water-meter-reading

Mueller Systems Mi.Net&reg; Mueller Infrastructure Network for Utilities Mueller Systems Mi.Net® Mueller Infrastructure Network for Utilities

Municipalities that supply water, electricity or gas – or any combination of the three services – need innovative ways to optimize their operations. The Mi.Net® Mueller Infrastructure Network for utilities meets that need.

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.

Mueller Systems Mi.Host Utility Interface Mueller Systems Mi.Host Utility Interface

Within the Mi.Net System--Mueller Systems' fixed 2-way AMI system--the Mi.Host server collects data from and controls all Mi.Hub fixed-location, data collectors.

Sensus&reg; Smart Gateway Sensor Interface Sensus® Smart Gateway Sensor Interface

You need timely data to make critical and prompt decisions for your community. With a battery-powered Sensus® Smart Gateway Sensor Interface, gas and water utilities can connect to a variety of applications in all locations—even in areas where no power or land-based communications are available.

Recordall&reg; 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.

Vehicle Gateway Base Station (VGB) Vehicle Gateway Base Station (VGB)

The Vehicle Gateway Base Station (VGB) is a portable radio-based device used for the acquisition of data from utility meters and other field-based diagnostic instruments. The VGB is compact and portable, allowing it to be used in any vehicle providing 12-volt DC power.

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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.