Qonnectis plc has launched its new iStaq-AMR, targeted at the growing market segment for automated meter reading. It is a derivative of the company’s iStaq-LG, which is designed as a utility network monitoring and water/energy management product, using half-hourly meter communications.

The iStaq-AMR reads the meter weekly or monthly, and has been developed in response to feedback from utilities and their business and high-usage domestic customers. In addition Qonnectis will be able to offer its meter reading customers the benefits of its “myMeter” online meter data services, allowing real-time reading and highlighting any unusual usage patterns.

The iStaq family of products works by sending meter readings to Qonnectis’ secure data centre via SMS text messaging over the GSM network; the data is aggregated and published online via utility-branded “myMeter” web sites. Alternately the data can be sent directly to utilities’ billing systems. The iStaq-AMR is aimed at water companies in particular, providing them with a cost-effective way to improve their meter reading and billing procedures and enhancing customer service.