Palatka, FL and Cleveland, OH, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 26, 2012 – Florida’s Palatka Gas Authority is implementing the STAR Network advanced metering infrastructure to automatically read the 3,500 commercial and residential natural gas meters that the company serves.
Palatka Gas Authority chose the radio frequency-based fixed network to improve service as well as reduce costs. In addition, the new system will allow more frequent and flexible meter reading. Today, gas meters are read according to a monthly schedule, and bills are sent out on a schedule based on when the meter is read.
“Not only will we be able to take a vehicle off the road, but we’ll have more flexibility in the meter reading and billing cycle,” says Don Kitner, general manager of the Palatka Gas Authority. “We have many residents who are on fixed incomes, and this will allow us to bill for gas usage on whatever schedule is most convenient for them.”
In addition the Authority believes that the AMI system will be more accurate and will allow it to better understand what is happening in its system. For example, the utility will immediately see any unusual spikes in usage that might indicate a problem in the gas distribution network. The Palatka Gas Authority also will be able to identify potential theft by monitoring services that are not active.