Compelling research shows how often water utilities change AMR/AMI systems
As part of a recent study sponsored by Badger Meter, industry expert Dr. Howard Scott, PhD, has worked to identify how long a water utility typically uses its AMR/AMI system before changing to a new one.
MILWAUKEE, WI, May 27, 2015 -- As part of a recent study sponsored by Badger Meter -- a global manufacturer of flow measurement and control solutions -- industry expert Dr. Howard Scott, PhD, has worked to identify how long a water utility typically uses its AMR/AMI system before changing to a new one.
The research revealed that water utilities change their meter reading systems at an average age of 8.2 years -- far more frequently than the commonly referred to 20-year life expectancy for the meters themselves.
The study, titled "The Scott Report," consists of data collected over a 30-year timeframe and has provided the new analysis. Since the first utility AMR deployment in the mid-1980s, The Scott Report has recorded approximately 11,000 projects involving 58.8 million water AMR/AMI units.
Meter reading communications technology and analytics systems have and continue to evolve rapidly. Whether upgrading to a new system from an existing supplier or changing providers altogether, it makes sense that water utilities have been changing their system to keep up-to-date with advancing technology as well as operational and customer needs.
"These findings highlight the factors water utilities should consider and why it is important to plan for the true expected life of a new meter reading system," said John Fillinger, director of utility marketing, Badger Meter. "This will make a big difference in the financial evaluation involved with choosing a new system. Also, utilities should work with a partner that helps them evaluate and plan for the upgrade we now know they'll almost certainly need to make around year 10."
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