Automated meter reading (AMR) (Walk-by/Drive-by – wM-Bus (OMS)) increases operational efficiency by wireless measuring water consumption data. There is no longer a need to check each device manually, thereby eliminating meter reading errors manually.
Using Walk-by/Drive-by data collection enables remote reading directly from the vehicle or sidewalk.
With Drive-by technology a maintenance team can easily collect smart meter data remotely, using a vehicle installed meter reading device.
Meter reading can be carried out in two ways:
- Targeted meter reading – locations and water meters’ IDs are determined in the job order. Water meter locations and markers are shown on the map of the reading device, and the color of the markers indicates the status of meter readings.
- A meter reading device collects and saves all meter data (not linked to the water meter ID). The data is transferred to the smart metering platform and assigned to the relevant measuring point.
More than one type of water meter can be read simultaneously on the reading route. Drive-by solutions also support the efficient and reliable acquisition of data from the meters mounted in underground pits or inaccessible for manual reading.
To capture the data from water meters that are inaccessible to vehicles, the Walk-by remote meter reading system is used.
Handheld portable receivers help to collect the meter data, eliminating the need for manual readings and physical inspection of water meters, improving operation efficiency, cutting time maintenance team spends in the field and making processes cost-effective.
The Walk-by technology is particularly convenient for water utility clients, who no longer need to be interrupted by field teams physically checking their water meter statuses.