Ohio city to upgrade AMI network with meter transmission units
The city of Canton, Ohio, will receive an upgrade to its existing Aclara STAR® AMI network, provided by Aclara Technologies LLC, with the company's Series 3000 meter transmission units.
ST. LOUIS, MO, June 5, 2014 -- The city of Canton, Ohio, will receive an upgrade to its existing STAR® advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network, provided by Aclara Technologies LLC -- a provider of intelligent infrastructure technologies for water, gas and electric utilities -- with the company's Series 3000 meter transmission units (MTUs).
Canton operates 41,500 metered accounts. The new technology will assist the utility with collecting critical meter data to help residential consumers conserve resources and reduce water bills. Further, over the next 18 months, the Canton Water Department will install 25,000 model 3300 water MTUs, which provide two-way capabilities to deliver time-synchronized meter readings that can provide a snapshot of system water consumption at a single point in time.
The 3300 water MTU uses the powerful STAR network radio frequency (RF) technology to transmit hourly, interval usage data and two-way communication to the utility. It supports up to 8-digit registers and delivers time-stamped reads on a time-synchronized network, allowing for advanced water distribution management. The 3300 MTU maintains a 20-year permanent battery and operates over FCC-licensed radio frequencies.
"Our MTUs ensure that all system clocks are set to the same time," said Steve Bruskiewicz, water product manager at Aclara. "Utilities can take a complete system read and use the data to reconcile the amount of water entering the system compared to the billable water consumed, thus identifying the probability of system leaks or meter tampering."
Upon completion of the residential phase of deployment, the Canton Water Department, which deployed Aclara's very first STAR System in 1997, plans to expand its Aclara STAR network to include commercial and industrial areas.
Aclara® represents the industry’s leading Intelligent Infrastructure technologies for providing device networking, data-value management, and customer communications to water, gas, and electric utilities globally. Over 500 utilities in nine countries rely on proven Aclara solutions to connect with their customers. Aclara Technologies LLC is part of the Utility Solutions Group of ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ESE), St. Louis. Create Your Intelligent Infrastructure™. For more information, visit www.Aclara.com.