Updated: Oct 30
For water utilities, adapting to the dynamic nature of the industry involves not just adopting new technologies like Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), but also exploring ways to fully leverage the accrued data. AMI systems present unprecedented possibilities, beyond precise readings, they offer in-depth insights that can enhance customer service, improve resource management, and boost overall operational efficiency. Unlocking the multifaceted potential of AMI data, however, requires integrating AMI systems with other operational systems, creating a holistic, data-driven management structure. In this blog, we delve into the systems a water utility can synergize their AMI system with, to maximize the utility of their data.
1. Customer Information System (CIS):
The marriage of the AMI system and the Customer Information System (CIS) enriches a water utility's customer service offerings. By harmonizing AMI readings with customer accounts, utilities can extend real-time water consumption data, tailor usage reports, and proactively alert customers about abnormal usage patterns. This not only empowers customers with the knowledge to manage their water consumption but promotes a conservation-centric mindset.
2. Geographic Information System (GIS):
Taking integration a step further, coupling the AMI system with a Geographic Information System (GIS) equips water utilities with robust spatial analysis capabilities. By mapping AMI readings onto GIS, utilities can discern geographic consumption patterns, detect potential leaks, and enhance asset management. The strategic insights gleaned from this integration can catalyze efficient decision-making, pave the way for precise maintenance efforts, optimize resource deployment, and reduce overall system losses.
3. Enterprise Asset Management (EAM):
Another key integration lies in pairing the AMI system with an Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) platform to drive optimal asset utilization and maintenance. With AMI data factored into asset information, utilities can track the performance of individual assets in real-time, forecast potential failures, and align preventive maintenance schedules accordingly. A seamless integration that bolsters asset longevity, minimizes unplanned downtime, enhances system reliability, and keeps operational costs in check.
4. Meter Data Management (MDM):
Optimizing data management requires integrating AMI systems with a Meter Data Management (MDM) platform. MDM systems serve as a centralized hub for AMI data, providing real-time data access, automating data validation, and enabling aggregation. Additionally, MDM systems allow for the generation of detailed consumption reports, demand analysis and prediction, and fine-tuning of billing accuracy. This integration truly unravels the complete potential of AMI data, empowering utilities to make data-led decisions and finetune their billing systems.
Forging strategic integrations between AMI systems and other vital platforms, water utilities can truly harness the power of AMI data - enhancing customer service, improving decision-making, optimizing asset management, and driving effective data management. At Raybern Consulting, we specialize in helping utilities make sense of their AMI data and guide you through effective implementation and integration. Our expertise spans system performance optimization, data accuracy audits, and implementation management, equipping utilities to face the future with unwavering confidence.