AMI programme deployment

In the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, the Halifax Regional Water Commission partnered with Itron to implement an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project.The AMI programme is designed to completely modernise the utility’s water distribution network and ensure that consumers are accurately billed on a monthly basis.

In a press statement, Itron said it will provide Halifax Water with its smart water solution and analytic software-as-a-service.

The project is expected to help Halifax Water to reduce expenses incurred as a result of water leaks. Itron’s smart water solution will provide the utility firm with real-time notifications in the event of water leakages.

Consumers will have the ability to reduce their water usage through the provision of detailed usage data.

Carl Yates, general manager of Halifax Water, commented:  “Halifax Water’s mission is to provide world-class services for our customers and our environment. AMI technology forms the backbone of the utility of the future, which reflects more customer-focused and efficient services.”

AMI programme deployment

The news follows the signing of a deal between south-east Australia's Snowy Valleys Council and Itron for modernisation of the council's water distribution system.

In a combined statement, Itron said it is helping the Snowy Valleys Council to improve customer services and management of its water distribution system.

The council began deploying Itron's water metering automation solution, including Itron subsidiary, Temetra's advanced data collection and data management software as a service (SaaS).

With the software, meter readers are able to remotely collect meter data with fast drive-by metering. The solution collects and processes advanced data to capture insights from across the council's distribution network.

The AMI programme will help Snowy Valleys Council reduce expenses incurred for conducting door-to-door meter readings.

In addition, the system helps in reducing human error associated with manual meter reading and meter data processing. [Brazilian utility selects Itron and i20 Water to reduce water loss].

The data is available through an online, cloud-based interface and the solution seamlessly integrates with the council's billing system.

Dominique Lerouge, vice president of water and heat at Itron in the Asia-Pacific region, said: ”The flexibility of the solution allows the council to deploy smart technologies at its own pace and easily upgrade to AMI if the need arises.”