Luton, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 27, 2011 - A new range of smart water meters, the V200 and V210 hybrid meters, is being introduced by Elster for the U.K., Ireland and French, and potentially other European, markets.

The hybrid meters are an upgrade of the V200 and V210 range of volumetric water meters with integrated electronic registers, incorporating advanced data features and two-way radio communication which combine the latest flow measurement technology with smart metering functionality, to produce a solution that enables utilities to focus more effectively on water resource management and consumer engagement.

Easy to install and commission, the V200 and V210 hybrid meters are fully waterproof and incorporate installation options to support improved communication range even in the harshest of environments. Absolute meter readings ensure data integrity, while advanced data features such as meter operation monitoring, status alarms, water usage profiling and tariff management provide additional information to the consumer directly or via a wireless in-home display.

“The message from our customers is clear – they want advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) that incorporates a flow measurement sensor at its core,” said Ian Holmes-Higgin, global product manager of volumetric meters for Elster's water business unit. “Enabling the meter to conduct data analysis and profiling removes the need for continuous communication, maximizing operational life and increasing the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the entire system.”