AMI & The Smart Meter
(innovation is ?)
Project Manager - ESAAP
Something to think about ?
“The first rule of any technology used in a
business is that automation applied to an
efficient operation will magnify the efficiency.
The second is that automation applied to an
inefficient operation will magnify the
……Bill Gates . . .
o Innovation – is ?
o Drivers, direct & indirect
o Technical Requirements & Acronyms
o Stepping forward
Innovation – is ?
o innovation is a change in the thought process for doing something,
or the useful application of new inventions or discoveries. It may
refer to an incremental emergent or radical and revolutionary
changes in thinking, products, processes, or organizations.
Following Schumpter (1), contributors to the scholarly literature on
innovation typically distinguish between invention, an idea made
manifest, and innovation, ideas applied successfully in practice. In
many fields, such as the arts, economics and government policy,
something new must be substantially different to be innovative. In
economics the change must increase value, customer value, or
The goal of innovation is positive change, to make someone or
something better. Innovation leading to increased productivity is the
fundamental source of increasing wealth in an economy.
o 1. Joseph Alois Schumpeter (8 February 1883 – 8 January 1950) was an
Austrian economist and political scientist. He popularized the term “creative
destruction" in economics.
Drivers to innovate,
o The introduction of a ‘new good’ — that is one with which
consumers are not yet familiar or of a new quality of a good.
o The introduction of a new method of production, which need
by no means be founded upon a discovery scientifically new,
and can also exist in a new way of handling a commodity
o The opening of a new market, that is a market into which the
particular branch of manufacture of the country in question
has not previously entered, whether or not this market has
o The conquest of a new source of supply of raw materials or
half-manufactured goods, again irrespective of whether this
source already exists or whether it has first to be created.
o The carrying out of the new organization of any industry, like
the creation of a monopoly position (for example through
trustification) or the breaking up of a monopoly position
What is it, what can it do ?
o W,G & E; AMI; HAN; IHD or HDU; EndPoint; DCC; EUETS; ESI;
LAN or NAN; ZCL.
o The network between the measurement devices and business
systems allows collection and distribution of information to
customers, suppliers, utility companies and service providers. This
enables these businesses to either participate in, or provide,
demand response solutions, products and services. By providing
information to customers, the system assists a change in energy
usage from their normal consumption patterns, either in response to
changes in price or as incentives designed to encourage lower
energy usage use at times of peak-demand periods or higher
wholesale prices or during periods of low operational systems
o AMI differs from traditional AMR in that it enables two-way communications
with the meter. Systems only capable of uni-directional meter readings do
not qualify as AMI systems
What is Sensus doing ?
o Sensus has two divisions & two manufacturing business
o Water and Heat Metering Systems
o Conservation Solutions
o Smith Blair – Clamps and couplings for the NA market in water and gas
o PDC (Pressure Die Castings) production of metal components for Sensus
o Recognize the different ways the utility market views W,G & E networks
o Appreciate the possibilities of shared and common practices and systems
o Address the three tier’s of a utility’s development
1. “Use Meters” (UK Water Industry only passed 50% endpoint installation during
the end of AMP4)
2. Develop an AMR/AMI strategy and deliver appropriate levels of technology to
make this possible
3. Supply equipment, systems and services to deliver the AMI generated data into
all the stakeholders possession.
o NB - in the first day of operation a ‘Smart Meter’ could generate more
data than its ‘dumb’ predecessor could in 100 years. (Based on four
consumption readings per year)
Sensus – future water technology
o Intelligent, perpetual, electronic register – linearity
o Launched in America in June 2009 at AWWA
o Customer delivers commenced November 2009
o Integrated AMR
o Optional integrated AMI (Bi-directional RF)
o No moving parts
o Straight through flow path – no obstructions
o Pressure drop significantly less than any mechanical
water meter in use today
o In excess of 50,000 units delivered to date
Sensus - FlexNet
o Smart Grid, long range, two way, mesh based,
multi-utility communication network
o 30 to 300 sq miles per TGB (Tower Gateway Base-
o Licensed radio Spectrum, no other comms on the
o High power Tx/Rx system ≥ 2 watts
o Current access to 4000 towers in the USA = 90% of
o Server and Web based software for every application
within the network from End point to Utility to
What to know more ?
Call the UK Sales Teams on -
Metering Systems 01794 526 100
Conservation Solutions 07702 714894
Or follow www.sensusessap.com/en