International AMR workshop at Metering Central America & Caribbean


A half-day international AMR workshop will be hosted by Dr Howard Scott on Monday April 28, 2008, as a pre-conference workshop to Metering Central America & Caribbean in Bogotá, Colombia.

This workshop will provide an introduction to automatic meter reading. It will focus on a review of the technology and deployment options available to electric, gas and water utilities, and the practical aspects of exploring vendor offerings, building a business case, and successfully implementing a system.

By attending this training course you will:

  • Understand the drivers of AMR: why utilities are implementing AMR
  • Examine the components of AMR including terminology, architecture etc.
  • Look at AMR technologies, including telephone, mobile radio, fixed public and private network, powerline carrier, cable, satellite etc.
  • Obtain an overview of available vendor offerings, and gain insights into deployment of AMR technologies around the globe.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Drivers: some case studies examining why utilities are implementing AMR — competition, deregulation, regulatory incentives, cost-reduction, etc.
  • Overview of AMR technologies: telephone, mobile radio, fixed public and private radio, powerline carrier, cable, satellite, etc.
  • Components of an AMR system: terminology and architecture
  • AMR system data capabilities and functionality: on- and off-cycle meter reading, time-of-use reading, profiling, outage and tamper detection, prepay administration, etc.
  • AMR marketplace: vendors, shipments, market share
  • AMR cost justification elements: operational improvements in field and office meter management, revenue protection, conservation, planning and engineering information, customer service strategies, direct and indirect capital and operating and maintenance costs
  • Deployment and service strategies: universal versus opportunistic deployment, basic and enhanced service models, AMR system acquisition and service models
  • Risk factors and their mitigation: standards and interoperability, obsolescence, etc.
  • Principles of successful AMR project management: building the AMR project team
  • Effective requests for tenders and contract negotiations
  • Implementation considerations: installation data integration; business process redesign.

Your lecturer:
Howard Scott specializes in utility operations and telecommunication technology. His technical and business experience includes automatic meter reading, telecommunications projects, business management, market research, and software development. He worked a dozen years at Bell Labs and Bellcore developing innovative telecommunications technologies. An accomplished public speaker, he has published numerous articles including an extensive market study of the automatic meter reading industry entitled “The Scott Report on AMR Deployments.” He has a doctorate in physics and has held a variety of leadership positions in both business and civic organizations.

For more information, please contact Emmanuelle Nicholls:, tel. +27 21 700 3500, fax +27 21 700 3501 or visit the website: