Utilities considering automation of its meter reading infrastructure are faced with many technology solutions and options that will yield varying levels of performance and system flexibility. Differences in system performance, costs, and technical functionalities should be considered against the objectives of the Utility for strategic investments in smart metering technology and integrated operational software. Today’s smart metering projects reach far beyond the upgrade or replacement of water and electric meters simply for improved consumptive data recordings. These major capital investments require integrated system planning and training for critical utility functions, including utility billing, customer account management, asset management, system expansion/capital planning, data management, rate setting, and resource conservation.
Our team of subject matter experts in AMI technology solutions and implementations provide our utility clients with the best solution for predictable AMI planning and financing. The need to establish a return on investment (value proposition) on a viable and sustainable metering solution will be a fundamental necessity for obtaining leadership support and gaining customer acceptance. It is critical that the utility have assurance that current smart metering technology is reliable for today’s full-scale reading and data analytics functions, while providing for future technology configuration to expand the smart metering capabilities.