Cleveland, NC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 23, 2010 – A cost effective and innovative new option for building automated and advanced meter communications for water management, Mi.Hydrant(TM), has been launched by water infrastructure provider Mueller Systems.
Mi.Hydrant, part of the Mi.Net(TM) Mueller Infrastructure for Utilities advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system, uses radio transceivers built into fire hydrant caps to communicate water usage-related data that can help utilities improve efficiencies and customer service. It eliminates the need for costly utility leases and enhances the value of existing water infrastructure assets.
“In today’s complex environment, information flow is a critical part of managing water flow,” said Hassan Ali, general manager of Mueller Systems. “Mi.Hydrant transforms the fire hydrant into an active part of a fixed two-way AMI network.”
Mueller Systems believes it is the first and only provider to recognize that utilities can use existing hydrant infrastructure as part of a communications grid, linking multiple components of a water infrastructure system, thereby permitting utilities to improve information flows and their ability to respond to customers’ needs.
Mi.Hydrant is an enclosed transceiver that replaces the pumper cap of existing fire hydrants, blending aesthetically and operationally into the existing water infrastructure. It can provide multi-path radio frequency coverage. The device first collects and stores water infrastructure data in its own internal memory. Then, both on demand and at scheduled intervals, it transmits data to the Mi.Net(TM) AMI system. Mi.Hydrant thus extends a 900 MHz public broadband, multi-path network for billing, metering and intelligent management of data and water.
Because many municipal codes require fire hydrant placement every 500 feet, utilities can take advantage of the cost savings of using what they already have. The Mi.Hydrant has a range of two-to-three times that distance, providing a complete, end-to-end, two-way “smart water” network for AMR and AMI. Utilities can reduce equipment and labor costs and can eliminate the need to navigate the procedures, politics, and logistics of locating and installing additional structures on which to place communication devices.
The FCC-compliant Mi.Hydrant also features open architecture, so that it can also be used with multiple brand fire hydrants.