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Metering Solutions

Cut down on the time you spend reading gas or water meters

If you read your meters either manually or with a drive-by system, our Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system can help make meter reading easier, more efficient and more affordable.

AMI is ​an integrated system of smart meters, communication networks, and data management systems that enables two-way communication between utilities and customers. With this technology, you can still be on top of readings, while also freeing up time and resources for other parts of your business. Plus, you may be surprised to learn it’s not as expensive as you think.

Benefits of Using our Advanced Metering Infrastructure

 

Choose What Solution Works for You

We offer two packages to suit your needs and help you gain fast access to the data you need to make important decisions for your operations.

AMI Standard

We partnered with Sensus to provide you access to their state-of-the-art FlexNet network and data analytic applications. This option will provide you with hourly reads and customized alarms, helping you gain a better understanding of your system, your customer and their needs.

Meter Reading Only. Customer will utilize existing meters or purchase compatible meters and transmitters.

 

AMI Standard + Lease

All the benefits of our AMI Standard package with the added flexibility of rolling the cost of your meters, transmitters and installation into a 15-year lease with Alabama Power.

 

Customers Who Benefit from AMI

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This is an informational estimate only and should not be considered a quote or a guarantee of the amount you will save; actual results may vary.

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Number of residential meters in your system. Allowed range: 250-200,000

Average residence usage per year. Allowed range: 10,000-500,000 gallons, 1,337-66,845 cubic ft, 38-1,893 cubic meters

Assumes a 20 year accuracy loss of 8% (industry average)

Additional low flow water measurement from PD meter to iPERL

Anticipated measurement of low flow water usage (15% is AWWA M6 manual guideline)

Average per year increase in water and sewer rate. Allowed range: 0-15%

Water Rate per 1000 gallons. Allowed range: 0-100

Sewer Rate per 1000 gallons. Allowed range: 0-100

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What is AMI?

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is ​an integrated system of smart meters, communications networks, and data management systems that enables two-way communication between utilities and customers.

Can your system detect leaks?

Yes. With our AMI Standard option, you will have the data you need to recognize leaks on the customer side of the meter. This allows you a great opportunity to provide proactive customer service.

Our water meters are old and will need to be replaced. I know this will be expensive. How can you help?

We provide a lease option that can help you spread the cost out over 15 years. Our leased meters come with a 20-year warranty and a 20-year “new meter read” guarantee.

Our meters have recently been replaced. Are you able to determine if they are compatible with your AMI network?

Our transmitters are capable of connecting to most meters on the market. Some hardware change-outs might be necessary, like new meter registers. We would be glad to help you determine if your existing meters will work with our AMI network.

I understand that Alabama Power uses a Sensus network. Our meters are from a different manufacturer. How can you help?

Our transmitters can adapt to most meters. Contact us to learn more about your options.

The size of my system is quite large and changing out every meter will be costly. Is it possible to complete the work in phases?

Yes. We will be glad to work with a phased approach that meets your needs. This will allow you to ease into the new system by learning the process needed to get the most out of all the data you are receiving and also allow for any recognized increases in revenue to aid in future rollouts.

My system doesn’t have the personnel to handle the installation and maintenance of our new meters. How can you help?

We can help you from start to finish. We can coordinate a professional and timely installation, so you can realize additional revenue as quickly as possible. We also offer a maintenance plan, so you can worry about what matters most.

How does AMI benefit our system?

  • Improved customer service by increasing accuracy and frequency of meter readings
  • Minimized need to access meters at the property
  • Reduction in estimated bills
  • Increased safety
  • Fixed monthly cost with no surprises

How will I be able to view my data?

With a potential for one read every hour (8,760 / year), accessing and understand your data is critical. With the Sensus portal, you will be able to access your data from anywhere and on any device.

I am not located in Alabama Power’s service territory. Can I still utilize your network?

Possibly. Alabama Power reads 1.5 Million meters across the state. If your system is anywhere close to our service territory, there is a good chance we can read your meters.

 

Contact a Metering Solutions Expert

Interested in using our Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system to cut down on the time you spend reading meters? Contact one of our experts to learn how our system can benefit you.