Elser AMCO Water announces Dare County pilot study
Elster AMCO Water Inc. announces that Dare County, North Carolina, is performing a pilot study on 290 of the County's 18,000 water meters with evolution AMI, a comprehensive advanced metering solution for the water industry. The pilot study will take place over 12 months beginning in June 2008. Dare County selected Elster AMCO Water's evolution AMI because it is a complete end-to-end water AMI solution specifically designed for water utilities...
• Dare County, NC, to install Elster AMCO Water's evolution™ AMI pilot study for future upgrade of 18,000 water meters
OCALA, FL, May 20, 2008 -- Elster AMCO Water Inc., part of Elster Group, a world leader in advanced metering infrastructure, integrated metering and utilization solutions to the gas, electricity and water industries today announces that Dare County, North Carolina is performing a pilot study on 290 of the County's 18,000 water meters with evolution™ AMI, a comprehensive advanced metering solution for the water industry. The pilot study will take place over 12 months beginning in June 2008.
Dare County selected Elster AMCO Water's evolution AMI because it is a complete end-to-end water AMI solution specifically designed for water utilities.
A large, environmentally conscious utility located on North Carolina's Outer Banks, Dare County was seeking a metering solution that would help the county achieve improved meter efficiency through remote monitoring of leaks and billing management.
"After reviewing other systems, we chose evolution AMI because of its intelligent two-way communication-based system and enhanced features that will allow us to remotely decrease water pressure in the event water conservation is required or shut off meters without having to deploy field personnel," explained Ken Flatt, Dare County's Utilities Director. "We will also be able to generate customer data on our customer's water usage with evoTrak, the evolution in-home user displays that provide a real-time picture of our customer's water consumption," added Flatt.
evolution AMI will also benefit Dare County during emergency situations such as hurricanes, which may present the need to remotely shut off meters to houses endangered by hurricane storm surges.
"Advanced metering solutions and efficient water management are essential to water utilities and the customers they serve" explains Roman Thomassin, president of Elster AMCO Water. "Utilities such as Dare County are demanding water metering solutions that are highly accurate and technologically advanced to intelligently use and efficiently manage their water resources, and Elster AMCO Water is meeting that demand with evolution AMI," added Thomassin.
Dare County will install the evolution system solution and utilize many of its features including time-based rates, in-home displays, remote valve actuation, and real-time notification of leaks, tampering, and backflow, all of which will help Dare County achieve operational efficiency and manage and conserve water resources.
"The evolution AMI solution is revolutionary to the water industry because it provides the technology necessary for intelligent water resource management," explained Flatt. "We will be better able to understand our peak demand periods, allowing us to better manage our distribution network and push back the need for production capital improvements to meet the ever increasing water demands during high consumption periods. The system will also reduce our costs by remotely monitoring leaks and managing our billing systems," added Flatt.
"A successful pilot study will greatly assist us in securing the funding to replace our remaining water meters for our remaining customers. We will be rolling out the evolution system to all of our water utility customers on Roanoke Island next month," added Flatt. "And we expect to see immediate results."
Elster AMCO Water continues to invest in leading edge technology and metering intelligence to bring new strategies, innovations and services to its customers worldwide. An industry leader, Elster AMCO Water continues its strong history of delivering solutions-based metering products and services the water utility industry.
Elster AMCO Water is an industry leader in the development and implementation of innovative metering solutions and systems for the water utility industry.