Pensacola, FL, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 18, 2008 – The City of Pensacola is introducing an advanced metering system that will allow its gas meters to be read remotely. Last year local utility Energy Services Pensacola (ESP) selected Sensus Metering Systems’ FlexNet system, and existing gas meters will be retrofitted with Sensus FlexNet transmitters.
These transmitters take about 15 minutes to install, and homeowners do not need to be present while the work is being done, unless they need to provide access to the meter itself. The upgrade is being introduced free of charge to customers.
FlexNet is a radio frequency, fixed network AMI system designed to increase meter reading efficiency, reduce overhead costs, and enhance customer service. FlexNet offers the gas utility hourly or daily reporting options, eliminates bad reads, estimated reads and curbside reads. FlexNet provides move-in/move-out reads, is applicable for commercial and industrial meters as well as residential and provides a 20 year battery life. Other benefits ESP can expect from the FlexNet system include automated reporting of indoor meters, support for gas demand-side rationing programs and delivery of information that can reduce gas theft.
In addition, the FlexNet system is designed to be scalable to accommodate growth as a utility expands the meter deployments throughout its service territory. Because the FlexNet system is a tower-based AMI network, reliance on additional infrastructure, such as numerous collection points is avoided. The system has a simple, single-tier design: from meter to tower, substantially reducing infrastructure cost.