Holley Metering Ltd., a meter manufacturer and AMR system solution provider based in China, is rolling out a new wireless AMR system to meet the needs of utilities serving the expected 70 million new homes that are likely to be built in China over the next ten years. Based on Ember Corporation’s ZigBee technology, the new AMR system creates self-forming, self-healing wireless mesh networks across neighbourhoods and apartment buildings that link meters with the utility’s corporate office for remote monitoring.

Holley Metering already offers a total wireless AMR solution for C&I applications, but the technology and infrastructure requirements are too costly for wide-scale deployment in the residential field. The lower cost of standards-based ZigBee wireless networks is seen as the best way to meet China’s increasing residential metering demands. The company will start with a family of Ember-enabled electricity meters, with plans to develop gas and water meters later this year.