The Southeast Alabama Gas District is installing the TRACE VRT (virtual real time) AMR meter reading system from AMCO Automated Systems LLC. The TRACE VRT system is a two-way RF mobile communication AMR solution designed for commercial and residential meter reading applications. System deployment is expected to be completed over three years.

The TRACE VRT transponder is being installed in conjunction with a meter replacement programme, the new gas meters being supplied by American Meter. The solution processes and stores virtual real time readings at the meter transponder for selective retrieval during a normal in-cycle read. The transponders are addressed individually by serial number, followed by a series of commands to retrieve specific historical data. The transponderstored historical data includes 35 days of daily readings and up to four time-of-use readings.