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METHODS OF GATHERING EGM DATA

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January 12, 2002

As competition, deregulation and economic health among utilities becomes more intense, capital expenditures and cost reductions become high priorities – yet operational control and system reliability are more important today than ever before. Coupled with rapidly changing technology, this paradox presents a unique challenge for the efficient design and operation of a remote Electronic Gas Measurement (EGM) system. Capturing remote data and the method of transporting the data back to a central host essentially falls into two basic categories, or a combination of these two categories: • wireline — such as telephone facilities, copper based facilities, or fiber optic cable • wireless — such as satellite, cellular, PCS, or a utility owned radio networks such as MAS In this paper, we will discuss some of the advantages, efficiencies, costs and risks associated with these technologies, and how each can be utilized in Electronic Gas Measurement applications

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