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An Introduction to AMR. 1-17-2004 file = amr101-1.ppt. AMR = A utomatic M eter R eading. What is it? Allows remote reading of utility electric, gas, and water meters Via: A network back to the utility A vehicle that reads the meters

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an introduction to amr

An Introduction to AMR

1-17-2004

file = amr101-1.ppt

amr a utomatic m eter r eading
AMR = Automatic Meter Reading
  • What is it?
    • Allows remote reading of utility electric, gas, and water meters
    • Via:
      • A network back to the utility
      • A vehicle that reads the meters
      • A handheld reader for “hard-to-read” meters on a manual route
  • Why do it?
    • More reliable and accurate than manual reads
    • Avoids estimated reads due to meter inaccessibility
    • Safety reasons (animals, indoor meters, bad neighborhoods)
    • Cheaper - much lower recurring labor costs
    • Estimating usage on a daily or hourly basis so that supply can be purchased in advance at wholesale rates
lots of market left to penetrate
Lots of market left to penetrate
  • Only 10% of US meters read electronically
    • 237 million meters in U.S. read manually & awaiting AMR
  • Gas utilities only 17% penetration
    • 53 million meters in U.S. read manually & awaiting AMR
  • There is LOTS of room for new players
a few amr modules
A Few AMR Modules

RAMAR Retrofit Electric Module

Itron Water ERT

Neptune Water Pit Solution

Itron Gas Module

Itron Water Pit Solution

Itron Handheld Reader

the major players
The Major Players
  • Itron
  • SchlumbergerSema
  • DCSI
  • Hunt
  • Badger
  • Invensys
  • AMCP/Elster
  • Neptune
  • RAMAR
  • Cannon
  • 51 others
worldwide market shares
Worldwide market shares

AMR Vendors’ market share based on 2002 shipments

AMR Vendors’ market share based on cumulative shipments through 2002

Source: Chartwell, Inc.

north american amr units shipped by technology in 2002
North American AMR units shipped by technology in 2002

Source: 2003 Scott Report on AMR Deployments

u s market share by year
U.S. market share by year

Source: 2003 Scott Report on AMR Deployments

u s amr units shipped by utility type
U.S. AMR units shipped by utility type

Blue = Estimated values

Source: Chartwell, Inc.

favored sales strategy
Favored sales strategy
  • Start with a walk-by system
    • Handheld computer with a radio modem
    • Read most meters manually, hard-to-read meters with radio
    • Only a fraction of the meters are AMR equipped
  • Move to mobile
    • Uses a vehicle equipped with a radio modem
    • Reads all of the meters
    • Requires saturation (all meters are AMR equipped)
  • Move to a network
    • Requires addition of “head-end” sites connected to the billing center
    • Very few utilities have gotten to this stage