Human meter readers record a lot of data every day. Entering that data manually is time-consuming, and there is a high chance for data entry errors. Electronic devices that perform automated meter reading reduces the need for human reader readers and the chance of error ensuring the data is accurate and on time.
Automated meter reading, or AMR, devices automatically collection utility consumption, provide diagnostic tools, and status. The device will send the data to the main database where customers can view their consumption information.
Some automated meter reading systems allow devices to be read by having a utility employee walk-by or drive-by the device. The data is then captured and sent to a central computer.
Implementing an AMR system can improve the quality of service for customers, reduce overall operating expenses, and increase profitability for many utility companies. In addition, the system will provide customers with hourly or daily consumption usage so they can make informed decisions on using their utilities.
Since the United States consumes about 18% of the non-renewable energy resources worldwide, utility companies are doing their part to conserve resources before we run out. One way to do this is to give customers all the information they need to make informed decisions on energy consumption. Automatic readers can do this.
Automated meter readers ensure that customers are only billed for what they use. Older style meters are based on estimates about consumption rather than the amount actually used. Keeping track of how much utility is used is vital to effective energy management.
An AMR can be installed to monitor gas, water, or electricity usage.
Automated meter readers have a history of proven reliable performance and have been in use for more than ten years. The devices are reliable, economical, and can help with saving energy resources.