Reliability and accuracy top priorities in water AMI and smart metering


Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — July 5, 2010 – Accuracy, reliability and minimal maintenance requirements are the main features water utilities are looking for in a smart water management system.

These were among the findings of a survey distributed by Sensus to attendees at the recent American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Ace10 conference in Chicago, in which respondents were asked to rank their most important factors when choosing a water management system including advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and smart meter components.
Respondents named flow measurement capability and lifetime accuracy as the most important factors when evaluating an intelligent water management system.

Ease of installation and maintenance were ranked as very important factors in choosing a water management system by 85 percent, while 86 percent ranked total life expectancy of the system as very important.

Of the respondents, 41 percent already have a water management system and 47 percent plan to implement a water management in the next three months to two years.

While a majority of respondents from public water utilities have already implemented AMI and smart metering systems or have plans to implement such systems within the next two years, only twelve percent with no significant plans to deploy these technologies are indicative of the remaining concerns that utilities have regarding the costs and benefits of implementing a smart water management system.

Reputation of manufacturer was ranked as the third most important consideration when choosing a system, while the least important factors included the price of equipment and whether the AMI and metering solutions were available from one supplier.

“The results of the survey confirmed that low flow, accurate water management systems are what resonate with today’s utilities,” said Mike Tracy, vice president for North American water for Sensus. “The industry is obviously prioritizing real value over pure price when technology investment decisions are being considered.”

More than 250 industry professionals from large municipalities, public water utilities, small and medium sized municipalities, cooperatives and investor owned utilities participated in the survey.