Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) has gained traction in the last few years, especially as it concerns billing. However, AMI uses in water distribution can be just as important as reducing non-revenue water (NRW).
Residential billing accuracy is the main focus of AMI systems. They reduce the cost of distribution system monitoring through electromagnetic meters with built-in AMI system compatibility. Water distribution data from residential meters cannot provide this on their own. Overall, it gives insight into current performances and offers multiple ways to improve efficiency, making better systems.
Monitoring flow rates with these types of meters, different from other flow meters offers better physical system performance visibility. AMI software can provide insight into potential issues with aging materials and present damages by paying attention to flow rates, electromagnetic meters with GPS location, and coupling results into SCADA systems.
They can also give better insight into financial performance. Better asset management means an improved return on investment (ROI) across the entirety of any infrastructure.
Field-mounted electromagnetic meters give out small pings of data in intervals, the same as other Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) nodes within a system. Compatibility with standard wireless transmission protocols gives ease when collecting data. Battery-powered units give almost exact readings for long periods of time, not needing hardwired power or intensive labor to maintain them,
Collection system meters that have yet to install AMI abilities can look forward to bulk electromagnetic meters that are versatile. They can monitor large amounts of information from large infrastructures as a part of the same AMI network. They are changing the way the industry runs, giving ease and precision every step of the way.