AMR system for water and gas meters


Dyersburg, TN, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — February 8, 2008 – The town of Dyersburg, in Tennessee, has awarded Datamatic a contract to automate its water and natural gas meter reading operations, incorporating the installation of a turnkey, mobile AMR system including 9,000 gas and another 9,000 water FIREFLY Meter Interface Units (MIUs).

One of the fastest growing communities in Tennessee, Dyersburg is a regional retail, medical, employment and cultural center. More than 300,000 people live in a tri-state area that includes Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri.

“We conducted an extensive pilot program using Datamatic’s system for a full year,” said Dyersburg Utility Director Mike Morgan. “The FIREFLY system was chosen because it can deliver substantial gains in reading efficiency at a reasonable cost. Datamatic had proven themselves reliable as our handheld meter reading technology partner since 1999. And because FIREFLY MIUs can be retrofitted to our existing meters, we’ll save a great deal of money on the initial installation and enjoy flexibility when purchasing meters in the future.”

Datamatic’s ProfilePLUS datalogging capability was another reason that Dyersburg selected the company to fulfill its AMR system needs. Each FIREFLY MIU stores hourly usage data, used for settling customer usage disputes, leak detection, system optimization, eliminating inefficient off-cycle reading, as well as right-sizing meters and distribution infrastructure.

Datamatic’s AMR system is meter independent, which effectively eliminates the need for meter changeout in an implementation and can save a utility 30-40 percent on the cost of a project. Other FIREFLY models are also available for all popular pulse and encoded output registers, as well as electric and gas meters.

Installation of the Datamatic AMR system in Dyersburg is scheduled to be completed by the end of the summer.