This situation was recognized by the Water Research Foundation
( WRF), and culminated in project #4467, AMR/AMI Standardization
for Water Utilities (Hughes et al. 2016).
The fundamental goals of this project were to identify requirements and specification criteria for AMR/AMI systems and outline
approaches to develop and implement standards that address
utility needs. These recommendations were developed based
on input from water utilities that are confronting these issues.
The result is an inefficient marketplace where competition is
discouraged and utility choices are limited. Once a sophisticated
meter read conveyance system is in place, it is difficult and costly
for a utility to change to another manufacturer’s system if a need
arises. There is little evidence that Advanced Meter Infrastructure
(AMI) and vehicle-driven automatic meter reading (AMR) systems will progress towards standardization and interoperability
through water industry channels (e.g., through AW WA Standards).
David Hughes, American Water
An increasingly vital part of a water utility’s operation is collection of meter eading information. Standards for the radio transmission of meter read- ings and use of the data do not exist in the industry. Additionally, the means to convey data are not compatible between various vendors’ products.