Texas water district upgrades meter reading system with advanced technology

After recently expiring, the meter reading system at Harris County Water Control and Improvement District No. 36 in Houston, Texas, required an upgrade. As a solution, WCID purchased Datamatic's ROADRUNNER Handhelds to successfully capture all of its meter reading data.

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Datamatic's ROADRUNNER Nomad

HOUSTON, TEXAS, Oct. 6, 2014 -- After recently expiring, the meter reading system at Harris County Water Control and Improvement District (WCID) No. 36 in Houston, Texas, required an upgrade. However, the previous contract did not cover past the warranty period and included a clause that caused issues for Harris County. As a solution, WCID purchased Datamatic's ROADRUNNER™ Handhelds to successfully capture all of its meter reading data.

WCID provides areas of East Houston with water, sewage and maintenance. The new relationship with Datamatic, a specialist in utility meter reading automation, provides the county with new efficient meter reading technology and the reassurance of knowing that its investment will last without an expiration contract.

The ROADRUNNER™ Nomad is a powerful and versatile solution for meter reading. The Nomad incorporates the latest technologies, including Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, a laser scanner, and a 5MP camera. Further, when combined with Datamatic's RouteSTAR Meter Reading Software, meters can be read with or without walk-by radio frequencies.

Water usage data is extracted from the meters across the city using these handheld devices or a field laptop computer. It is then converted and presented in a graph, spreadsheet or another meaningful format using Datamatic's innovative ProfilePLUS software. This system is critical for leak detection, load studies, dispute resolution, meter right-sizing, and conservation monitoring, among other applications

See also: "Texas water system expands service area with innovative AMI technology"


About Datamatic

Datamatic is a specialist in utility meter reading automation. The company's innovative ideas created an industry when it installed the first electronic meter reading system in 1980. For nearly over a quarter of a century, Datamatic has been at the forefront in the design, implementation and support of advanced utility meter reading and field data collection solutions for water, gas and electric utilities. Additional information about Datamatic for the media is available by calling Taylor Nelson at (214) 520-3430 or at www.datamatic.com.

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