Neptune Technology Group and Tropos Networks partner to facilitate water AMR over wireless broadband networks


Charles DiLaura,
Tallassee, AL and Sunnyvale, CA — (METERING.COM) — July 30, 2008 – Neptune Technology Group Inc. and Tropos® Networks, Inc. have entered into a joint marketing agreement to promote the use of Neptune’s Wi-Fi enabled water meter reading solution with a Tropos metro-scale wireless broadband network.

The combined solution enables cities and water departments to improve worker productivity and operational efficiencies as well as help meet water conservation initiatives.

In some cities, automated meter reading is the primary application for which a network is justified due to the substantial benefits it provides. Using a single metro-scale Wi-Fi municipal network for reliable and secure public safety communications, traffic management, public works, and other city services, utilities can also read meters more efficiently, detect leaks faster, and provide more accurate and timely billing to customers.

When Neptune’s R900 Wi-Fi gateway is installed on a Tropos MetroMesh™ network, the gateway "discovers itself" automatically and is programmable over the network.

"By partnering with Neptune, we are able to combine their innovations in AMR technology with our Wi-Fi mesh network to provide cost effective and state-of-the art solutions that greatly benefit utilities as they seek to improve their operational efficiencies, enhance customer service, and meet today’s increasing demands for water conservation," said Rob Pilgrim, vice president business and corporate development for Tropos.

"The combination of Tropos’ market leading MetroMesh system and Neptune’s field-proven R900 radio frequency meter interface unit technology will offer a complete value-added solution to our customers,” said Neptune president Charles (Chuck) DiLaura.

Neptune is a pioneer in the development of AMR technology and its data collection systems are used to read more than 59 million meters per month. Tropos® Networks is a leader in wireless IP broadband mesh networks.