Like many industries, the water and energy utility sector have been forced to adopt change to remain competitive, profitable, and more than ever, environmentally responsible. These business drivers have seen the development of new enabling technologies, giving birth to smarter, more efficient water management systems such as Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Automatic Meter Reading (AMR). These state-of-the-art systems combine advanced technology, automation, wireless transfer, and analytics to enable a new level of accuracy and efficiency in water measurement and utility metering.
The days of manual metering and billing are slowly coming to a close. For over 15 years, public utility companies and their operator networks have responded to new trends in water efficiency and conservation by leveraging the power of remote reading, real-time data, and powerful data analytics to deliver more accurate, predictive services to both commercial and residential customers. At the heart of these efforts lies the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) which relies on automated, two-way communications between the water and energy consumer, and the utility providers. AMI provides a host of business benefits:
Resource conservation – because of AMI’s use of real-time data and analytics, water suppliers can better recognize usage trends and waste, and are better able to gauge allocation and delivery of resources
Customer satisfaction – AMI provides dramatic improvements to energy and water allocation and availability, resulting in more accurate, timely billing
Operational efficiency – By enabling automation and 24×7 operations, AMI has reduced time and complexity and eliminated virtually tens of thousands of man hours involved in traditional energy management
Lower costs – Less complexity, combined with less time and fewer resources, has resulted in lower operating costs for suppliers, and smaller bills for consumer end-users.
The future of AMI is looking…