ATCO Gas to introduce automated meter reading technology


Edmonton, AB, Canada — (METERING.COM) — February 8, 2011 – Edmonton utility ATCO Gas is to start automating its meter reading system in the spring, the company has announced.

Approximately one million meters will be converted over a four-year period and will enable monthly reading of meters, regardless of weather conditions or access issues.

“Fully automating our meter reading technology reflects ATCO Gas’s continuing commitment to provide customers with safe, reliable, cost effective natural gas service,” said Brian Hahn, president of ATCO Gas. “The new system will improve billing accuracy and enhance customer convenience.”

The existing natural gas meters will be retrofitted with Encoder, Receiver and Transmitter (ERT) modules from Itron Inc. The ERTs will send data to mobile collectors that ATCO Gas employees will use to obtain monthly meter readings. A single mobile collector can read up to 15,000 meters a day.

ATCO Gas meter reading personnel work in nearly 300 communities across Alberta. Affected meter readers will be transitioned into other opportunities within the company.