Conference: Metering, Billing/CIS America 2007
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
Presenter: Hahn Tram
Abstract: Presented by Hahn Tram at Metering, Billing/CIS America 2007

With few exceptions, the benefits in Advanced Metering Infrastructures (AMI) business cases today have long been recognized as potential benefits by vendors, especially fixed network Automated Meter Reading (AMR) system vendors, and were indeed in business cases of many utilities that have implemented AMR.

The problem is that AMI/AMR vendors would often “throw the data over the fence” to the utility, and the utility is not “catching it” or using the data across the enterprise to drive the benefits. As a result, most utilities that have implemented AMR or are implementing AMI today are not realizing many benefits beyond basic meter reading and billing. The potential has not been realized.

 A properly designed and implemented Meter Data Management System (MDMS), with few advanced applications and the right level of enterprise integration, can translate the AMI/AMR data into information, from information to knowledge, and ultimately from knowledge to real, sustained business benefits.  Utility case studies in the areas of improving energy efficiencies, asset planning and management as well as customer service and operational effectiveness with AMI data illustrate how these additional benefits will more than pay for the incremental costs of MDMS and its enterprise integration.