The fourth largest city in Canada, Ottawa is using the deployment as part of a greater Advanced Metering Infrastructure, or AMI, scheme that hopes to help its local utility eliminate estimated billing for customers and improve efficiency in water service operations.
The contract involves 210,000 smart water modules, fixed network two-way communications infrastructure, the software that runs it, a meter data management system and the usual turnkey bundle of services: installation, project management, training and support.
The new smart modules will be retrofitted onto existing water meters, Itron says.
The intelligence of the new system will allow city officials to collect time-synchronized meter data in daily or hourly increments. It will give service representatives access to real-time information when responding to billing inquiries.
The networked nature of the system also allows city officials to monitor for leaks and their locations, as well as gain insights into city-wide usage patterns.
The deployment of the overall smart metering system began in January 2011; it’s expected to take two years to complete.