Mumbai, India — (METERING.COM) — February 10, 2010 – The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has awarded a contract to Arad Technologies Ltd for the delivery of a complete remote meter reading system including 150,000 automated meter reading (AMR) water meters.
In an effort to secure its water distribution network and avoid water theft, illegal connections and leakage, which result in a loss of 700 million litres of water per day in the city, MCGM is launching a significant water conservation initiative.
Early in 2009, MCGM awarded Arad Technologies a pilot phase for approximately 3,000 residential and C&I meters, all of which were equipped with radio frequency (RF) modules. Over six months, Arad Technologies successfully ran the AMR pilot in partnership with Pratibha, Axelia and Unity, which were responsible for sourcing and maintaining the AMR water meters.
Following this pilot, which highlighted the flexibility and reliability of the system under the harsh weather conditions in Mumbai, Arad Technologies’ solution was approved and the company was awarded half of the total contract. Arad Technologies’ share includes the supply of 150,000 water meters, all equipped with Dialog 3G AMR modules, and a complete meter reading system including handheld terminals and Green Tree software. This system allows the collection of historical daily consumption data, GPS functionalities, alerts for fraud attempts and leakage events as well as the possibility to migrate to the Dialog 3G fixed network solution in the future.
In addition, Arad Technologies will perform implementation and maintenance services and will train the contractors’ meter readers.
“Mumbai will be able to optimize its operations and enhance customer service because of the dramatic improvement in quality and reliability of the data they can now collect,” commented Dan Winter, president of Arad Technologies. “Arad Technologies is proud to take an active part in the modernization of the water distribution network in India and to contribute to the water conservation efforts of MCGM.”
The deployment is expected to be completed within two years.