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An American Success Story. Over 150 Years in the Utility Business. Fortune 1000 Company. 1.4B Annual Revenues. 5,300 Employees. The Leading Manufacturer of Water Infrastructure and Flow Control Products and Services. What is AMI?.

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An American Success Story

  • Over 150 Years in the Utility Business
  • Fortune 1000 Company
  • 1.4B Annual Revenues
  • 5,300 Employees
  • The Leading Manufacturer of Water Infrastructure and Flow Control Products and Services
what is ami
What is AMI?

Advanced Metering Infrastructure, is the complete automation of the process of determining how much electricity has been used by the customer for any time period and producing a bill to the customer for that usage.

how the process works
How The Process Works

It all begins with power useage…

RF-Thermostat

900 MHz RF

Electric Meter

Electric Meter with Under the Glass (MIU-LF) Gateway to RF-Thermostat

Load Management/

Energy Conservation

900 MHz RF

Electric Meter

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How The Process Works

Usage data is communicated to the collector and Internet…

NC (Collector)

GSM/GPRS/Broadband/Private network

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How The Process Works

Usage data is then communicated to utility host server

Utility Host Server

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How The Process Works

Utility host server communicates data to

Third Party Billing software, Cell Phones/PDAs and the web user Interface.

Utility Host Server

Third party billing software

Web user interface

Cell phone/PDA

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How The Process Works

NC (Collector)

GSM/GPRS/Broadband/Private network

RF-Thermostat

900 MHz RF

Electric Meter

Electric Meter with Under the Glass (MIU-LF) Gateway to RF-Thermostat

Utility Host Server

Third party billing software

Load Management/

Energy Conservation

RF-Thermostat

900 MHz RF

Electric Meter

Cell phone/PDA

Web user interface

mi net system components
Mi.Node-E

Integrated Into Meters From Landis+Gyr

Integration Into Focus, S4E, and Focus AX In Development

Features

Tamper Detection & Notification

Power Outage Detection/Restoration with Automatic Notification

Load Profiling, Demand, & TOU Calculations w/Integral Clock

Power Quality Monitoring – Line Voltage, Blink Count, Outage Count

Consumption Measurements - +kWh, -kWh, Net kWh, & Added kWh

Non-Volatile Data Storage, 45D

Mi.Net System Components

Two Way Communication

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Mi.Net System Components

Mi.Node-W

  • Soft disconnect
  • Alarms, and alerts
  • Leak detection
  • Revenue protection and fraud detection
  • Web access for consumers, etc
  • Meter Right-Sizing

One Way Communication

Hot Rod

Mi.Node

Two Way Communication

Mi.Node

Mi.Node

Lithium batteryhas 20 year life

Mi.Node

Mi.Gate

mi net system components2
Mi.Net System Components

Mi.Gate — Central and Communication Module

Power

  • 120 volts AC
    • 10W idle
    • 15W active

or

  • 12 volt DC solar power

Communication

  • Cell, Ethernet, Wi-Fi or Radio

Size and Weight

  • 7” x 10” x 3”
  • 2.5 Lbs.
mesh networking
Mesh Networking

Engineered routes between nodes

  • Nodes can all connect to each other via multiple hops
  • Self-healing = very reliable
star networking
Star Networking

In a star network environment, communication signals are transmitted from each meter to the receiver and then to the utility.

mesh or star technology mi net is both
Mesh or Star Technology – Mi.Net is both
  • 900 MHz Radio Technology
  • Stable technology
  • Battery backup
mi net system components3
Mi.Net System Components
  • Mi.Host — Host server where all the information is processed
    • 120 volts AC
host server and user interface
Host Server and user Interface
  • Mi.Host
    • Windows SQL Server
    • On-demand Two-way Reading
    • Hosted or Utility Owned Options
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Host Server and user Interface
  • Mi.Host
    • Windows SQL Server
    • On-demand Two-way Reading
    • Hosted or Utility Owned Options
    • Consumption Profiling
    • Leak Detection Reports
    • Meter Tampering Reports
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Host Server and user Interface
  • Mi.Host
    • Windows SQL Server
    • On-demand Two-way Reading
    • Hosted or Utility Owned Options
    • Consumption Profiling
    • Leak Detection Reports
    • Meter Tampering Reports
    • GIS Routing tools and Outage Management
    • Time of Use (TOU) billing
    • Transfers Appropriate Billing Data
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Host Server and user Interface
  • Mi.Host
    • Windows SQL Server
    • On-demand Two-way Reading
    • Hosted or Utility Owned Options
    • Consumption Profiling
    • Leak Detection Reports
    • Meter Tampering Reports
    • GIS Routing tools and Outage Management
    • Time of Use (TOU) billing
    • Transfers Appropriate Billing Data
    • Customer Account Access
    • Real-time e-mail and SMS Messages
    • Temperature and Precipitation Data
user interface
User Interface

Easy Navigation

ALL Meters

user interface by account
User Interface – By Account

Intergrated CIS Data

On-demand Reads “to the Meter”

user interface reports
User Interface – Reports

Numerous Report Formats

On-Line Graphs to Export to Excel

gis tool outage management
GIS Tool – Outage Management

If you click the Outage tab in the upper left corner

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GIS Tool – Outage Management

Full Outage list is then shown for sorting and prioritizing work

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GIS Tool – Outage Management

Click on an icon and you can see address detail

consumer home page
Consumer Home page

Easy Navigation

Linked from Utility

Message from Utility

Consumer Alerts, also Emailed

Weather Data

consumer settings page
Consumer Settings Page

Consumer Managed Email List

Consumer Selected Units

Consumer Managed Thresholds

consumer daily consumption
Consumer Daily Consumption

Year, Month or Hourly

Consumer Threshold

hosting
Eliminates

Capital investment costs for Host Server hardware

Upfront software costs

Tasks associated with the host server

Town need to monitor & manager daily operation of the system

Hosting

Provides a carefree experience

benefits of core functionality
Re-deploy Meter Reader resources

Reduce Meter Reader vehicle expense

Eliminate lost time accidents

Reduce clerical billing expense

Reduce meter reading/billing errors

Benefits of Core Functionality
additional benefits obtainable
Additional Benefits Obtainable
  • On-demand meter readings
  • Detect meter tampering
  • Detect meter theft
  • Detect customer outage and duration
  • Remotely reconfigure meter
benefits beyond metering
Benefits Beyond metering
  • Monitor customer and system loading
  • Real time loading of distribution equipment
  • Detect customer-owned generation backfeed into utility
  • Enable logging of power quality data
  • Correlate load demand with ambient weather conditions
  • Allow use of advanced tariffs (TOU)
benefits for the consumer
Benefits for the Consumer
  • Provide real-time electricity pricing
  • Option to allow demand response with associated cost saving
  • Allow totalization of physically remote locations into one bill
  • Opens up various tariff options
information access
Information Access

Web access of meter data by:

Utility

Customer

enterprise resource management
Enterprise Resource management
  • Customer Access
  • Remote Thermostat
  • Home Display
  • Smart Meters
  • Electric, Water, Gas
  • Residential
  • C & I
  • Support for ISO DR
  • Certified Vendor for ISO-NE
  • Carried over to NY ISO
  • Maintenance, Operation
  • Power Outage Management
  • Tamper Detection
  • Remote Hard Disconnect
  • Remote Soft Disconnect
  • Transformer Loading
  • Energy Management
  • Remote control of Thermostat
  • Remote Control of any Load
  • Billing Services
  • Support for existing Billing System
  • Rate, TOU, Demand
  • Virtual Metering
  • Enterprise Resource Management
  • Customer Information System
  • Global Information System
  • Meter, Transformer
improve customer relations
I called one of our Selectmen after his use was picked out by our variance report.

Was able to give specific hours with high use

Blamed us first

Blamed kids second

Blamed wife third

After we had the first snow of the year,

I called him the next morning and told him

that his use remained low that night

He realized that it was his engine block heaters

from trucks that had previously been garaged

at another location

Improve Customer Relations
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Last month high bill complaint

Went into his history and asked — what did you begin doing at 10:00 on January 20th?

You could see by the look on his face that he knew what the problem was. He left, then called back a few hours later to see if his use had returned to normal.

Improve Customer Relations
pilot project
What is it?

20 Electric meters & Mi.Nodes

20 Water meters & Mi.Nodes

1 Collector

Hosted Data Collection

Practice use of our Software

Pilot Project
  • Why do it? Test drive before you buy.
  • Gain operational experience with a real AMI system
  • Get comfort with our software & user interface
  • Demonstrate Mi.Net/WiFi compatibility
  • Gain confidence on our communications scheme
    • Meter-Radio-Collector-Host-YOU
migration path hybrid solution
Water AMI (1-way instead of AMI (2-way)

Electric AMI (2-way)Water data jumps from water meter…

to electric meter…

then to collector…

then to server (host)

Pro — cost savings on water radio module

Con — reduced feature set for water customers

Migration Path – Hybrid Solution
pop quiz
What do the following have in common?

• Last • Fast

• Week • Weak

• Next • Text

• Home • Rome

One LETTER difference, but VERY different meanings

Pop Quiz
lower cost hybrid ami system
AMR Module (Hot Rod) able to communicate with Mi.Node Electric Radio

Clear Migration Path to AMI

Allows for “Hybrid” Installations

Offers Lower Cost Full AMI One Way/ Two Way Deployment

Lower Cost Hybrid AMI System
our experience
Water Metering

AMR Systems

Our Experience

Electric Metering

AMI Systems

  • Our products are deployed in thousands of water and electric utilities
  • We have shipped hundreds of thousands of AMR radios
  • Our Service Division has installed numerous AMR/AMI systems across the U.S.
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