A single source radio automatic meter reading (AMR) system has been launched by advanced metering solutions provider, Sensus Metering Systems. The Sensus((S))cout delivers an ‘end-to-end’ solution for utilities and water companies, with every element of the system – meters, transponders and data transmitters, collectors and interrogation software – designed and supported by Sensus.
The result is an AMR system that is not only suited to new applications, but is also backwards compatible, using the company’s HRI sensors, with existing meter networks. Sensus((S))cout has been developed to provide mobile and remote reading of meters in high density residential areas and in lower density industrial locations. Each water meter is equipped with an integrated ‘plug and play’ transponder that sends consumption information to external data collectors.
A handheld unit is then used to read meters simultaneously from the same point as part of a mobile ‘walk-by’ system. In larger urban schemes, the meter information is forwarded from the data collectors to GSM gateways via a repeater network. The Sensus((S))cout has been piloted in Germany, and similar programmes are due to be started in the UK, France and South America.