Thankfully, today’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems lift that burden from your workforce and collects near real-time information from your distribution system automatically, over the air and without hassle.
With more frequent data from your service points, you can leverage it to provide new, interactive tools—like portals, smartphone apps and more—to your customers, giving them better insight into how and when they’re using water, what it’s costing them and how they can become better stewards of this precious resource. Our partners at WaterSmart Software have been doing exactly that for years—their software analyzes data from your AMI system and presents it in a clear, concise way to your customers to encourage engagement and conservation.
By adding sensors throughout the distribution system, you can leverage an AMI network to collect data about leaks, pressure, temperature and more. And with software like Itron Analytics, you can analyze that data and turn it into actionable insights to help you operate as efficiently and effectively as possible—making sure your workforce is spending time on the right activities at the right time, rather than guessing where a leak may be or manually collecting reads from a meter.
Jack Merrell is a Sr. Marketing Manager with Itron’s North American Water Business group with a focus on Water Efficiency. Jack has been with Itron for 18 years, with a majority of that time spent selling to large water utilities in the eastern region of North America. Jack has 25+ years of professional experience in solution marketing, sales, business development, contract negotiations, and customer support. Jack earned a B.A. in Communications from the University of North Florida. When not helping water utilities develop comprehensive approaches to managing our planet’s most precious resource, he enjoys time with his family, supporting his children in their activities and playing a little golf.