Neuffen, Germany — (METERING.COM) — April 8, 2008 – Badger Meter, Inc. has acquired the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology used in the GALAXY® fixed base network meter reading system from Miltel Communications Ltd. of Israel.
“We are seeing a growing interest in fixed base network AMI systems in the water utility industry,” said Richard A. Meeusen, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Badger Meter. “We have worked closely with Miltel Communications to evolve the GALAXY product line into one of the most advanced communication technologies in the industry. Acquiring the AMI technology from Miltel is a logical next step that enables us to invest in continuing to grow and enhance this product line.
“The acquisition of the GALAXY AMI technology is at the right time for Badger Meter and for the water utility industry. While our ORION® drive-by automatic meter reading (AMR) product continues to enjoy unprecedented acceptance by the water industry, we also want to meet the needs of the growing number of customers that prefer dedicated fixed base network technology. Together, the two product lines position us well for customers that prefer a hybrid solution – ORION for the majority of their system and GALAXY for large industrial users or for areas with difficult access.”
The GALAXY AMI system uses high-powered radio transmitters to give utilities more frequent and diverse information, providing greater data and control functionality. Both GALAXY and ORION also connect to various power line, public wireless networks and municipal Wi-Fi systems offered by other companies. Information for both products is displayed on READCENTERTM, Badger Meter’s comprehensive AMR/AMI software platform.