Evaluating AMR


Cuyahoga Falls, OH, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — May 19, 2008 – The City Council at Cuyahoga Falls is considering a proposal to replace its existing electric and water meters with meters that are read automatically, but recognizes that there are disadvantages as well as advantages.

Some 22,000 electric meters could be replaced, as well as close to 18,000 water meters. Those in favor of the proposal point out that the new meters will provide more accurate reads and do away with estimated bills. Water leaks can be detected almost immediately, and both electric and water consumers can be encouraged to use these resources more efficiently.

In addition the existing handheld devices used to capture monthly meter readings are rapidly becoming obsolete, and the supplier has advised the City that maintenance and parts will soon be unavailable.

The proposed new system is wireless, with the meters sending signals to data collection units, which send the information on to the council’s computer system.

Councilors who are doubtful about the merits of the new system cite the cost as a major factor, with some also concerned about the existing meter readers losing their jobs if the new system is deployed.