Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2015 - (Page 40)
How the Cloud is revolutionizing the
BY KrIStIe aNDerSON
Water utilities across the country are increasingly
moving past manual and touch read devices in exchange
for Automatic Meter Reading (AMR), Advanced Metering
Infrastructure (AMI), and most recently, Advanced Metering
Analytics (AMA). This transition allows utilities of any size
and location to move from capturing a monthly or quarterly
meter reading for billing purposes only, to a more data-driven
approach for improved decision making.
This evolution began with walk-by, drive-by technology.
Next came AMI technology, which provides hourly meter
reading data that can be used proactively to improve customer
service, increase operational efficiency and provide the endwater user with an understanding of their water consumption.
For rural water utilities, shifting to an AMI fixed
network system can also yield a dramatic decrease in labor
requirements specific to meter reading, reductions in meter
reader injury-related costs, and can often increase the
accuracy of the recording of meter readings. AMI systems
also provide reductions in vehicle expense and fuel, and
very often provide a faster resolution of customer calls and
complaints about high bills because more detailed information
is now available to the utility personnel.
While this technology evolution can provide great benefits,
it has historically presented utility staff with a new set of
operational challenges, particularly related to the management
of AMI communications infrastructure and analytics software
and hardware. New technologies and business models,
however, are making the move to AMA, the next step, far
easier for rural water utilities.
FIrSt Quarter 2015
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2015
From The President By Charles Hilton, NRWA President
Putting the Power of Association to Work By Fiona Soltes
The Team Myth By Gerry Sandusky
The Power of the WaterPro Community By NRWA Staff
Rural Water’s Impact in Washington, DC By NRWA Staff
Save Money, Protect Your System and Keep Your Customers Happy
Joining their Voices: Rural Water Rally
The 16th Annual Great American Water Taste Test
Cloud Seeding: A New Take on an Old Idea By Sandy Smith
How the Cloud is Revolutionizing the Future of Water Utility Management By Kristie Anderson
Regulatory Update By Mike Keegan, NRWA Analyst
Throwing My Loop By Michael Johnson
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
From the Ceo By Sam Wade, NRWA CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2015
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