Drive-by technology will help utility become more efficient



Carrboro, NC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — February 23, 2007 – The Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA), a U.S. utility in North Carolina, will soon begin deployment of an AMR system that is expected to realize benefits for both the company and its customers. OWASA will start with 2,000 meters, installed in homes where the conventional meters are difficult to access, and in areas where there are safety concerns for utility personnel. The plan is to roll the AMR system out to all 20,000 customers in the long term.

Meter readers will use drive-by radio technology to collect meter reads from those premises that have the new meters. The utility says this will free them up to spend more time on responding to customer complaints and queries, as well as on inspecting and repairing faulty meters.