Products & Services: Meters & AMR

Sept. 1, 2009
The new E-Series Meter from Badger Meter is an electronic, solid-state meter with no moving parts.

Solid-state meter

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The new E-Series Meter from Badger Meter is an electronic, solid-state meter with no moving parts. It has a battery life of up to 20 years. The meter works by using ultrasonic transducers mounted within the meter housing. Based on the measurement of signals sent in rapid succession in both forward and reverse directions, and the temperature of the water, calculations are made to continually determine the flow rate and consumption. The meter is sealed for protection against tampering and is completely submersible.
Badger Meter
Milwaukee, WI
Tel: 800-656-3837
Circle No. 200 on Reader Service Card

Water use optimization

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Itron’s Water SaveSource™ program includes a family of AMR/AMI products that offer innovative technologies designed to optimize the delivery and usage of water. The program can improve customer service by increasing CSR access to timely water usage information. It helps minimize high bills and lost water with daily in-home leak detection, supports conservation efforts by influencing customer consumption behavior, and reduces non-revenue water losses and associated production costs with proactive leak detection capabilities throughout the entire distribution system.
Itron Inc.
Liberty Lake, WA
Tel 509-891-3355
Circle No. 202 on Reader Service Card

AMR leak detection

Sensus and Fluid Conservation Systems (FCS) are pairing their products – Sensus’ FlexNet® and FCS’ Permalog+ AMR – to provide an acoustic leak detection solution that can be used to enhance customer service, curb revenue loss due to leaks, and promote conservation efforts of any size water utility. FlexNet is a wireless fixed-base data collection and communication system, which employs a primary-use, licensed radio spectrum to transmit data at up to two watts.
Raleigh, NC
Tel: 919-845-4007
Circle No. 203 on Reader Service Card

Composite meter

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Hersey Meters has introduced the Model 420 composite positive displacement meter; the latest addition to its line of products for the water industry. The new meter incorporates patented stainless steel thread design and a unique bottom plate for added dimensional stability and strength in a true lead-free composite meter solution for residential applications. Extremely accurate and lightweight, the meter makes installation simple with integral gaskets and is compatible with AMR/AMI solutions when equipped with Hersey’s Translator encoder register.
Hersey Meters
Cleveland, NC
Tel: 800-323-8584
Circle No. 201 on Reader Service Card

Metering reading mapping

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Field Mapplet/MR, which stands alone as a complete solution for managing a utility’s meter reading and rehabilitation workflow, is an implementation of Spatial Wave’s Field Mapplet framework. The system uses intuitive display forms, designed by field crews, to capture information for a meter while it is being read and maintained or rehabilitated. Ability to schedule maintenance and to track field crews is key to improved efficiency and reduced cost.
Spatial Wave Inc.
Laguna Hills, CA
Tel: 949-465-3405
Circle No. 204 on Reader Service Card

Water consumption monitoring

Neptune offers the tools to capture data that utilities need to monitor their water consumption and infrastructure performance. Its ARB® FixedBase™ System with synchronized midnight reads and 24-hour consumption intervals provides utilities with a precise snapshot of their entire system – a valuable tool in identifying and managing Non-Revenue Water. The ARB® Hybrid™ System with R900® GPRS Gateway moves utilities toward a more advanced AMR system by allowing them to capture data from a large group of targeted meters.
Neptune Technology Group Inc.
Tallassee, AL
Tel: 800-633-8754
Circle No. 205 on Reader Service Card

Metering system

Elster has introduced its SmartMeter™ AMR-enabled products to the North American market. The company recently acquired the SmartMeter product portfolio from Severn Trent Services, a member of the Severn Trent Plc group of companies. With the acquisition, Elster AMCO Water continues to expand its portfolio of solution-driven products developed for the North American water utility business. The meter features a fluidic oscillator solid state design and has no moving parts. It offers greater reliability and advanced intelligent metering features such as tariffs and event monitoring to residential metering applications.
Elster AMCO Water Inc.
Ocala, FL
Circle No. 206 on Reader Service Card

AMR system

Datamatic offers Mosaic™, an AMR system supporting a migration path through walk-by, mobile and true mesh network collection methods using the same endpoint, a Mosaic-class Firefly. Although most utilities will move quickly to full mesh network functionality, the system can operate indefinitely using any mixture of collection methods. Each endpoint functions as both a meter interface unit and a repeater.
Datamatic Ltd.
Plano, TX
Tel: 800-880-2878
Circle No. 207 on Reader Service Card

Single-jet meters

The Spectrum Single-Jet Meter from Metron Farnier is the widest range single measuring element meter available to US utilities. The meters have been designed to replace compound type and turbine type meters for commercial services. The meters feature a 1000:1 turndown ratio and superior low flow registration. They are unaffected by sand or small debris in the line and have no straight pipe requirements upstream or downstream of the meter. The meters can be combined with AMR/AMI systems from Transparent Technologies to help reduce unaccounted for water and increase revenues. The system offers true 2-way datalogging and network or drive-by AMR.
Metron Farnier Inc.
Boulder, CO
Tel: 800-763-8766
Circle No. 208 on Reader Service Card

Alarm transmitter

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Utilities that deploy a KP Fixed Network can now use the system for both AMR and security applications at no extra cost. Various types of sensors such as motion, door contact, water level, PH levels, or any other sensor can now be monitored in real-time by the utility. The Mega-Net automatic meter reading system uses long-range end points (tens of miles), so it does not require an extensive network of data collectors and antennas. The long-range nature of the system makes it ideal for utilities that wish to implement a fixed network AMR system, no matter the size of their service area.
KP Electronics Inc.
Horsham, PA
Tel: 888-542-7460
Circle No. 209 on Reader Service Card

Universal AMR register

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Master Meter’s Dialog 3G Interpreter Register is a universal AMR upgrade that replaces the existing register on most any brand meter in minutes – without service interruption. The Interpreter features the company’s ConnectionFree™ design, housing all vital AMR components – encoder, RF transmitter, battery and antenna – safely within the register’s sealed stainless steel and tempered glass enclosure. The register works with the 3G AMR system, which provides a mobile read infrastructure that is fully migratable to fixed network AMR/AMI applications. The system give utilities powerful management tools including Revenue Impact Alerts™ monitoring for leaks, tamper, theft (backflow) and zero consumption. 4,000 Read Data Logging provides detailed usage profiles that utilities can use to better inform customers of their consumption and confidently combat billing disputes.
Master Meter Inc.
Mansfield, TX
Tel: 800-765-6518
Circle No. 210 on Reader Service Card

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