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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

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


How the process works1
How The Process Works

Usage data is communicated to the collector and Internet…

NC (Collector)

GSM/GPRS/Broadband/Private network


How the process works2
How The Process Works

Usage data is then communicated to utility host server

Utility Host Server


How the process works3
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


How the process works4
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


Mi net system components1
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


Host server and user interface1
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


Host server and user interface2
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


Host server and user interface3
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


Gis tool outage management1
GIS Tool – Outage Management

Full Outage list is then shown for sorting and prioritizing work


Gis tool outage management2
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


Improve customer relations1

Last month high bill complaint by our variance report.

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? by our variance report.

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) by our variance report.

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? by our variance report.

• Last • Fast

• Week • Weak

• Next • Text

• Home • Rome

One LETTER difference, but VERY different meanings

Pop Quiz


Extra credit

What is the difference? by our variance report.

Extra Credit


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 Electric Radio

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.