MeterSYS Presents Options to Goldsboro City Council

January 4, 2016

After several months of detailed analysis, the MeterSYS team presented the findings of its assessment and recommendations for the City of Goldsboro’s smart metering program.  The City has realized a significant setback with the failure of its Datamatic AMR read equipment and has looked to MeterSYS to help shape the financial and operational values of moving forward with a reliable AMI system.  The MeterSYS program team will be working with City leadership to define the requirements and implement AMR beginning with the new fiscal year to improve meter management for its 15,000 water services.

Smart Metering- Capital Competition or Partnership Potentiality?

The MeterSYS P3 Model Is An Option

  • Economies of scale – low cost, low margin, repeatability, outsourcing
  • Low risk with transparency of cost and operation and strong protection and claw-back measures built in
  • Support the municipality in all stages of meter deployment from planning and implementation through post-deployment
  • Streamline operations and business processes; automate manual processes
  • Incentivizing service delivery and establishing service requirements/performance guarantees
  • Best practices and experienced industry leaders
  • Leverage expertise, allowing reassignment of personnel to focus on core processes/services

MeterSYS promotes the adoption of technology that leverages automated and efficient processes, especially in smaller utilities that intentionally shy away from complex solutions. The MaaS program design provides Design, Finance, Build, Operate, Manage (DFBOM) support to small to mid-sized utilities over a 10-14 year capital payback term, based on a 20-year lifecycle of the metering solution and in compliance with GASB operational lease requirements. Annualized fixed costs for the utility would cover the cost of equipment, labor, project management, and system maintenance for the duration of the contract, with annualized performance incentives and periodic CPI adjustments included in the pricing model.


AMI- Data Overload or Data Goldmine?

AMI Data Management is Scalable for Large and Small Utilities.

 The exponential rise of big data and what to do with it has become a major issue for all levels of government. The dramatic advances in data analytics and the associated requirements of maintaining a highly-evolved smart metering environment requires greater capital investment and significantly more training and technology sophistication that earlier analog metering systems. In addition to objective requirements such as storage capacity, there is also the more subjective need to track clearly identified and relevant metrics that will drive decision making, instead of simply cataloging data points.

Through a long-term contract with MeterSYS, a small utility will be able to compliment its limited resourcing and staffing capacities and benefit from advanced technology solutions and innovative customer service that would otherwise be unaffordable. The sophistication of MDM solutions allows a utility unparalleled insight into customer usage, system production, and staff efficiency. Dashboard reports enhance context through the use of infographics and trending, making it easier to manage inventory, oversee work orders, and monitor production levels.

AMI key data variables:

  • Daily consumption and customer usage profiles
  • Repeat work orders
  • Tamper/theft alarms
  • Leak detection
  • Temperature/pressure
  • Water loss calculations
  • Pump station recordings
  • Overall water system health

AMI systems and two-way communication between the operations and smart meters are responsible for major advancements in how utilities are able to leverage technology to reduce or eliminate manual work processes. The scalability and customized configuration of AMI systems provides flexibility for utility operators to address their unique, localized functional requirements.


AMI Works…For All Utilities

The benefits of advanced meter infrastructure are profound, but the influx of data and requisite technology expertise has ruled it out as an unnecessary expenditure for small towns in which the population isn’t clamoring for it and the justification of allocating for that amount of capital expenditure just doesn’t pass muster. However, AMI is the technology of the future, and just as the solid waste industry developed a repeatable service model to meet the growing demand for waste management, the utility sector lends itself to a similar opportunity. AMI technology will allow your utility to prepare for the future while providing better service through sustainable operations.

MeterSYS is vendor neutral.  We don’t try to sell  a particular vendor product or meter. Instead, we identify, assess, and optimize the solution to fit your community. By considering a multitude of factors, all solutions are vetted based on their ability to meet your particular objectives – like how well they resolve your pain points and their performance in your particular environment. We take the guesswork out of deciding which solution is a right fit for your utility.

Key benefits of an AMI upgrade include: 

  • Increased system performance: Real-time data allows system alarms and monitoring to identify areas of concern and inform management with data-driven analysis so you know how your system is performing at any given time.
  • Enhanced asset management: By taking the guess work out, AMI gives hard numbers to complex variables to pinpoint any system risk, allowing management to create accurate growth forecasting and issue prioritization based on objective results to increase the lifecycle of your assets
  • Increased energy efficiency and conservation methods: The advanced analytics produced by AMI and the respective MDM software will aid in the oversight of regulatory compliance. Efficiency and sustainability is also promoted through the transparency with your customers around their usage, allowing them to make conscious conservation decisions.
  • Increase reliability and security: Through proper disaster recovery and risk management practices, your utility will be able to leverage AMI to improve system monitoring and allow for remote troubleshooting
  • Cost avoidance: Increased reliability allows for cost control and management. Leak alarms ensure that your utility will never reimburse another high bill based on a customer complaint for leak adjustment
  • Cost savings: Thanks to automation, your utility will save in labor costs and unplanned asset expenses, in addition to improved accuracy for billing, meaning you’ll be recouping costs
  • Additional intangible benefits: business process improvements; customer service; inventory and asset management; remote capabilities allowing for improved worker safety and customer management; strategic planning/maintenance planning; improved asset performance

City of Sanford Approves Contract With MeterSYS

January 21, 2016: City of Sanford Engages MeterSYS for AMI Feasibility Assessment

MeterSYS is pleased to welcome the City of Sanford, North Carolina to its Smart Metering Circle. The City has engaged the services and consulting firm to conduct an operational and financial feasibility analysis to determine future actions in metering the City’s approximately 19,000 water customers. Both internal assessment and design options will be a focus of the project that should be completed prior to finalizing the FY2016- 2017 operational budget.