Automate your metering infrastructure

Automate your metering infrastructure

Kamstrup AMI from Kamstrup Water Metering

Some say that predictability is boring. However, in the water industry, operators are constantly on the search for any tool that can make their daily work more predictable.

Kamstrup Water Metering is excited to launch their latest meter reading system, designed to capitalize off predictability. The new system called Kamstrup AMI is an automated metering infrastructure that achieves a high reading performance with minimal hardware investment.

“We developed Kamstrup AMI to challenge the status quo of existing meter reading systems,” says Senior Vice President Lars Bo Kristensen, North America with Kamstrup.

Budget planning is made more predictable with Kamstrup AMI by offering a low total cost of ownership. One way this is accomplished is by the water meter having no external wires, as the communication unit is housed inside the meter. This eliminates the risk of disconnected wires and unplanned maintenance costs down the road.

It supplies hourly consumption data and analytics to water utilities, enabling water professionals to work more proactively with data. With that data, water professionals can make informed decisions about budget planning and ways to enhance customer service as well as take charge in proactively repairing mains and pipes in the distribution network before they become catastrophic incidents. Meters have built-in 915 MHz and 450-470 MHz radio bands for a seamless migration from AMR to AMI with the meter. They also automatically dial down radio transmission power when in close proximity to the data collector.

The metering system supports an increase in customer confidence for public drinking water by facilitating open communication between the utility and consumer. With more frequent data directly from the network, operators can handle customer service calls more efficiently because current and updated meter data is already available at the utility. Customers also benefit by having their data readily available with a consumer portal.

With frequent data from an automated meter infrastructure, utilities are able to detect leaks in the water distribution network by making daily water balances and breaking down the volume of water that leaves the utility into smaller parts and comparing that with the actual consumption. Smart meter data also includes water temperature to assess the risk of leaks related to frost damages so that operators can prevent them from happening.

“With Kamstrup AMI, water utilities gain the benefits of more frequent data with the added confidence of being backed by our global company,” Kristensen says. 404-835-6716; www.kamstrup.com



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