The Value of Data: Logic MDM Provides Benefits for Utilities and Customers

Sensus’ Logic MDM is designed to help water, gas, electric, and combination utilities maximize the value of data collected from various devices by efficiently managing, validating and presenting the data in useful formats.

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Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) networks and meters provide an unprecedented amount of useful data, but utilities and municipalities nationwide find themselves struggling to manage and best use this surge of information. Sensus' Logic MDM is designed to help water, gas, electric, and combination utilities maximize the value of data collected from various devices by efficiently managing, validating and presenting the data in useful formats.

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Intelligence

Logic is designed with the key feature of validation, editing and estimation (VEE). VEE provides a series of routines to assure multiple checks and balances of the data. In addition, incoming data is examined using routines that verify data. With VEE, the utility can assign the appropriate action to adjust any perceived discrepancies in the data.

Through VEE, Logic helps utilities run more efficiently and better serve customers. Utilities can pre-select responses and organizational tactics for different types of incoming information. Likewise, utilities are immediately alerted to certain occurrences such as leaks. Logic can also segment meters to match specific water towers, which correlates consumption demand and measured usage.

Automation

As the utility adjusts the parameters of VEE to meet its own specific needs, Logic develops automated processes for managing data, saving time and increasing efficiency. Logic's dashboards provide an instant snapshot of the utility's system with automation features, such as a scheduler for the utility to create and organize specific reports and then automatically send the reports to end users.

Other automated features such as editing and extrapolation address data exceptions and eliminate the need for manual intervention from the utility.

Flexibility

Given the constantly changing nature of the water industry, the core Logic software platform offers flexibility through vast customization options to address the varying skill sets and needs within a utility. The basic Logic platform is fully equipped to solve nearly any data-related utility issue with its core program and is designed to improve key functional applications, while incorporating a sophisticated platform to address more complex needs. Functionality is also an outstanding component of Logic. The technology seamlessly integrates with the Sensus' FlexNet communications network.

Conservation Benefits

As environmental concerns and drought conditions continue to increase, water conservation rises to the forefront for utilities and end users worldwide. Logic facilitates conservation by reconciling unaccounted-for water loss, enabling customer segmentation to enforce mandated watering days and encouraging end users to self-initiate conservation through customer portal applications.

Logic ensures rapid leak detection by organizing and validating data from smart water networks. For utilities looking to determine specific culprits of excessive water use or loss, virtualization in Logic enables aggregation of water usage data for several properties at a time to allow utilities to quickly react to all meters and end users affected by an issue.

When water conservation elevates from a priority to a necessity, Logic allows water utilities to implement tiered rates for end users. These rates reward end users with the lowest available rate, provided they stay within a certain amount of usage per person and household.

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Logic can segment meters to match specific water towers, which correlates consumption demand and measured usage.

Utility Benefits

Logic's data management benefits enable utilities to take a system-wide view of their operations and run more efficiently. It also allows them to better serve customers by turning data into intelligence.

For example, Logic enables water utilities to detect leaks quicker, which improves conservation for the utility while inevitably saving the end user money that would have otherwise been wasted.

For utilities interested in expanding the base offerings of Logic to offer even more to its customers, Logic possesses features available beyond the base package. These features include advanced reporting with a deeper analysis of existing reports, advanced systems integration to enable synchronization with GIS and CIS databases, outage supervision, distribution automation, and more.

Customer Benefits

Logic improves the customer experience through usage reports for faster response to customer inquiries and consumption details in hourly intervals for better insight into when exactly the water is used. Utilities can use this software to monitor vacant properties not expected to use water and detect possible leaks, theft or meter stoppage.

With the customer portal, Logic helps water customers monitor usage and conserve water. This add-on enables utilities to share information with customers via the portal about drought conditions, water restrictions, water schedules, conversation, and leak repair. Further, the portal also offers end users flexible settings such as text or email alerts for high usage or other pre-selected notifications.

Utilities can rely on Logic to provide the intelligence, automation and flexibility to not only manage but leverage the increasingly large amount of data collected from a communications network system.

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