Description: This passage is mainly about atmos energy logi. In this passage, the writer tells us how AMI works and how those sites are chosen, and the writer also gives us a demonstration on how that process will work.
The gas meter has been called the company’s cash register yet, there is little that has changed over the years about how we collect this very important customer data, in early August, Atmos energy has taken its first step toward automating meter reading through a pilot project in Jefferson Parish Louisiana, if successful this small transmitter can change the way that the company reads more than 3.2 million meters.
While at the same time, it is taking customer service to new heights, advanced metering infrastructure or AMI on this edition of natural gas 101, I’m in McKinney Texas today talking with David Anglin, who has been put in charge of implementing AMI throughout the enterprise, David without getting too technical, how does AMI work?
In theory we’ve chosen the Flex net system manufactured by census metering company, people might be more familiar with the name Rockwell meter company, and since this is the name of that company, today we’re using a technology that uses a transmitter installed on each customer meter, it transmits its data every four hours using a 2 watt transmitter across FCC license frequencies.
Those transmissions are sent to a tower that can be as much as 35 miles away, and then they are relayed across the secure network to the Dallas data center, where we collect that data and use it for billing or other purposes, we currently have transmitters being installed in Louisiana and we will be installing them in McKinney.
Can you tell us about those pilots and how those sites are chosen? When we are looking for locations to test the technology, we want two locations in two different geographic areas, we also want two different divisions, when we choose Monroe, we choose it because of the large spread out area that the 50,000 customers are in.
Plus we will be able to convert the entire community to AMI, in addition the meter reading contractor that’s used in Monroe will no longer be needed, once we finish the AMI installation, we choose McKinney because of its fast growing area outside of the Metroplex of Dallas, and we’ll take some workload off of our employees here.
Can you tell us how the pilots are going so far? Pilots are going very well, we have an installation contractor working in Monroe, he will vary in the near future, he will be finished with Monroe and move to McKinney to start the installs here.
There is one question, we hear a lot of concerns about the meter readers job, can you tell us what will happen to those employees employed as meter readers once AMI is completed? The objective of AMI is to improve our level of customer service by automating most of our meter reading and related service activities.
while as we know today meter reading would not be needed in the future, when AMI is complete, employees who currently do this work will have opportunities in other areas, Atmos is similar to any other utility companies, we’re going to experience significant attrition in the next few years.
In fact the attrition is anticipated to far exceed, the number of employees is affected by AMI, so once the schedule for AMI is developed, employees will have plenty of time to train to take other opportunities in the company, now we have a basic understanding of what AMI is, David thanks a lot for your help and good luck with the project, Thank You Terry.
I have joined at the meters by Gerald Rea field and Jimmy Pratt, I understand that both of you will be involved in installing 20,000 transmitters here in McKinney, and you’re going to give us a demonstration on how that process will work, the first step is to download meter route information into this handheld.
Now we’ll go over to the meter and Jimmy will install the transmitter, a handheld has led us to the first meter, now Jimmy will remove the index, Jimmy has removed the index, now he will install the index on the transmitter, now the index is on the transmitter.
The next step will be to install the transmitter on the meter, the final step is to program the transmitter with specific measurement settings including the current meter reading, this will also initiate the first transmission, the entire process can be completed in 15 minutes.
Once it is completed, the meter sins are reading to the tower about every 4 hours, during each transmission, a reading for each hour since the last transmission is sent to the network, the result is the recording of a reading for each hour of each day for every customer.
If the pilot programs in Louisiana and Texas are successful, a plan will be developed for the installation of transmitters on more than three million meters in the 12 states served by Atmos energy.
By harnessing the power of technology through AMI, Atmos energy will be able to improve customer service and efficiency, because AMI uses radio signals to relay meter information, it might also make dog bite a thing of the past for our employees, this is for natural gas 101, I’m Terry Briggs.