Automatic Meter Reading

Author: Paul LuccoDownload File

Deregulation of the natural gas industry over the last several years has created a need for unprecedented change to gas measurement processes. With the unbundling of services, commercial gas customers of varying size are opting to choose their own gas suppliers. To make good decisions, these customers need and demand timely information to make these choices. Gas distribution companies are seeing a widespread need for gas volume information on a more frequent basis. These utilities must deal with increased complexity of communicating timely information to multiple parties in an effort to provide superior service to their customers. It’s not just the pipeline companies that need to know the meter readings, but also the customers, brokers and suppliers. Customers demand for timely information has accelerated gas distribution companies’ shift to electronic technologies especially those involving communications. Little antennas are popping up all around gas facilities. Meters are being read remotely and their data is being communicated to a measurement data processing group via many varied communication paths