The City of Spokane has successfully installed Itron’s new water fixed network. The fixed network pilot project involves approximately 500 AMR endpoints that are being deployed in the Spokane International Airport region of Spokane. The city has thus far installed remote, wall-mounted AMR endpoints to automate indoor water meters in the area, but expects to automate water meters in pits in the near future as well.
It used to take one meter reader 3½ days to read the meters in the area due to the sprawling nature of the region. The city also estimates that the population in that location will nearly double in size in the next three to four years, with the development of a shopping mall and more residential homes. The Itron fixed network product can easily expand to accommodate this projected growth.
Thus far the city has deployed more than 200 high-powered AMR endpoints with two network collectors covering 10 square miles; these meters can be read several times a day. In addition, security checks at the airport have been eliminated, since meter readers no longer have to enter airport property. The deployment will also help support leak detection for commercial properties.