Advanced Meter Reading & Infrastructure
Advanced metering is the technology of automatically collecting consumption, diagnostic, and status data from water meter or energy metering devices (gas, electric) and transferring that data to a central database for billing, troubleshooting, and analyzing. This technology saves utility providers the expense of periodic trips to each physical location to read a meter. Another advantage is that billing can be based on near real-time consumption rather than on estimates based on past or predicted consumption. This timely information coupled with analysis can help both municipal utility providers and customers better control the use and production of electric energy, gas usage, or water consumption.
McNeil Rhoads is the proud distribution partner for Mueller Systems, Inc. For more than 150 years, the most practical, respected, and intuitive products have been built by the company now known as Mueller Systems. Mueller Systems is part of Mueller Water Products, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of infrastructure and flow control products and services for more than 150 years. Mueller Water Products is continuously developing systems and components that make collecting information easier and more beneficial to utilities and their customers.
Fixed Network AMR is a method where a network is permanently installed to capture meter readings. This method consist of a series of antennas, towers, collectors, repeaters, or other permanently installed infrastructure to collect transmissions of meter readings from AMR capable meters and get the data to a central computer without a person in the field to collect it.
The Mi.Net Mueller Infrastructure Network for Utilities is a communications network that fully automates the meter reading-to-billing process and links meters, distribution sites and control devices in a single, highly efficient data network. Mi.Net’s scalability enables utilities to deploy new technologies in stages that are best suited to their needs and budgets.
“Drive-by” meter reading is where a reading device is installed in a vehicle. The meter reader drives the vehicle while the reading device automatically collects the meter readings. With drive-by reading, the reader does not normally have to read the meters in any particular route order, but just drives the service area until all meters are read.
Mueller Systems’ drive-by system design outpaces every other manufacturer. Conveying data every two seconds and on multiple channels, Hot Rod™ transmitters increase your ability to capture drive-by meter readings up to 400%.
Additionally, the Hot Rod AMR system includes a comprehensive and powerful data logging feature called Consumption Profiling. This capability allows for six months’ worth of hourly usage analysis stored at the meter, with alarms that are graphically displayed to enable utilities to quickly respond to customer questions and proactively approach customers about possible leaks or tampering.
Advanced metering systems provide benefits for utilities and customers. Benefits will be recognized by the utilities with increased efficiencies, leak detection, tamper notification and reduced labor cost as a result of automating reads, connections and disconnects. With timely usage information available to the customer, benefits will be seen through opportunities to manage their energy and water consumption. Because of these benefits, many municipal utilities are moving towards implementing automated solutions for their metering needs.