Feasibility and Procurement

MeterSYS® deploys a combination of utility management experience, metering expertise and innovative technology solutions, to deliver “best of breed” system evaluations and installations for our clients with a discipline on timeliness, customer service, work product quality, and actionable solutions.

Advanced metering technology contributes to each step of the billing, customer service, water operations, and asset management process, and that is why our analysis is performed by a team of experts experienced in working within each of these key processes. Our feasibility analysis and implementation programs involve each of the key business units of the utility agency, as each is a contributing stakeholder to the technology analysis. MeterSYS® understands the importance of these interconnections in evaluating an AMI solution for a utility and ultimately designing an approach that is customized to fit the goals and objectives of the organization. That is why we customize the implementation approach to meet the specific needs of the utility. Our deliverables are also sensitive to the ancillary impacts of AMI and include recommendations around how utilities can best mitigate the more difficult aspects of disruptive technology adoption, like resource reassignment, process/procedure redesign, customer engagement, and policy rewrites.

Our project team utilizes a comprehensive analysis model that far surpasses that of typical meter companies, as it incorporates both direct and indirect influences to the investment and use of new read technology.  Our industry knowledge of market pricing and broad understanding of the complexities of AMI implementations provide our clients the overall best solution for predictable AMI planning and financing by providing the following as key deliverables:

» Assessment of Current Technology and Systems

» Development of Goals and Objectives

» AMR/AMI Requirements

» Vendor Design Options

» Financial Analysis

» Procurement Strategy

Unlike other fixed assets within the utility network, the investment in smart metering has a quantifiable Return on Investment (ROI) in addition to the more intangible benefits associated with improved system performance, like the gain in efficiencies of operations and responsiveness to customers. Our model is effective in determining the true ROI for AMI capital and ongoing costs that will most accurately anticipate the effort, costs, and feasibility of an AMI deployment. We utilize proprietary modeling to quantify the direct and qualify the indirect financial and operational benefits of new meter reading technology.

For procurement, our team is very focused on defining the specific requirements of each utility in order to develop RFP goals and objectives that support the technical specifications for testing and implementation.  We have deep experience in writing technical specifications that represent the operational goals of the utility while encouraging participation by vendors with differing strengths and weaknesses to propose solutions through RFP response.