Advanced Metering Infrastructure 101
Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is a system of two-way communicating smart meters, with a data management system to enable near real-time communication between utilities and customers. AMI systems now serve more than half of U.S. electric customers. They enable automatic and remote usage measurements, connection and disconnection of service, outage detection, surge monitoring, integration of novel electricity pricing models, support for renewable energy and enablement of innovative energy efficiency and demand response programs.
AMI technology was introduced into the utility space several years ago, and initially met limited successes along with some difficulties. Just recently several states individually slowed down the deployment of smart meters until cost-effectiveness and clear, measurable benefits to end customers could be proven out. But the concept of automated metering simply has too much promise to be halted. and with the acceleration of Internet of Things (IoT)-capable systems and evolving technologies, AMI will is becoming the baseline for utilities across the U.S.
It is easy to imagine this back-end capability in combination with technologies in customer homes and offices such as smart thermostats and on-phone apps providing up-to-date data and controls to make changes when desired, like remotely turning off a thermostat there’s no one is home. AMI also enables utilities to offer new time-based rate programs and incentives to encourage customers to reduce peak demand and manage energy consumption and costs.
AMI IN THE PLTE NETWORK
Private LTE (PLTE) can be an ideal technology to transition from aging mobile voice and data systems, though a Private LTE (PLTE) can be an ideal technology to transition from, or enhance, aging mobile voice and data systems including utilities’ existing mesh operations. PLTE addresses multiple applications including SCADA, DA, DER, DSM, Inverters, Internet of Things (IoT) asset management and meters. A utility’s fiber network can serve as the backhaul/backbone into the PLTE network base stations while Anterix-provided 900 MHz spectrum enables them to be proactive, predictive and efficient to reduce customer costs and increase satisfaction.
AMI benefits utilities by:
- Reducing truck rolls, decreasing costs and risks
- Reducing response times (with near real-time data) for outages, leakages and safety threats (such as falling power lines)
- Providing better usage analytics and enabling improved decision-making, while improving predictive analytics to help Operations Directors mitigate risk
- Providing more accurate billing for enhanced customer satisfaction
- Enabling automation to improve operational efficiency
- Delivering outage management & reporting
Opportunities abound for utilities to improve their AMI strategy with PLTE networking, including:
- Offloading growing traffic from already overloaded AMI networks
- Improving Operations
- Reducing the impact of major storms
- Reducing customer interruptions
- Increasing billing accuracy
- Avoiding truck rolls and reducing manual meter reads
HOW ECOSYSTEM MEMBERS WILL HELP
Although its use continues to evolve, AMI is unlocking ways for utilities to deliver safe, reliable and affordable electricity, and for customers to take a more active role in managing and navigating their energy usage.
As utilities become increasingly reliant on automation and IOT technologies, Anterix Active Ecosystem members will be at the forefront of delivering needed systems and innovations to meet the industry’s needs. Working together as a community, members will collaborate and synergize to provide accelerated delivery of ROI for utilities’ AMI investments.
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