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Automated Meter Reading Technologies

Executive Summary 3

Introduction 5
What is AMR? 5
Potential of AMR 7
Interoperability and Other Implications 9
Future of AMR Usage 11

Evolving Technologies in AMR 15
Touch Technology AMR 16
Radio Frequency AMR 16
Handheld AMR 17
Mobile AMR 18
Fixed Network AMR 18
Power Line Carrier AMR 19
Advanced AMR 19

Shifting Business Requirements 20
Current Business Challenges 20
New Business Challenges 21

Utility Industry Applications 23
Tracking Water Usage 27

Venture Capital Interest in AMRs 32

Challenges to AMR Adoption 35

Uncertain Regulatory Environment 38
Industry Outlook 40

Case Studies 41
PPL Electric Utilities 41
Peninsula Light Co 43
AGL Resources 43
Clark Public Utilities 45
Colorado Springs Utilities 46
Equitable Gas Company 47

Manufacturers and Suppliers of AMR Systems 49
Itron 49
Honeywell 49
Master Meter 49
Transparent Technologies 50
Radix International Corp 51
Neptune Technology Group 51
Metron Farnier 51
Liquatec 52
Hexagram Inc 52
Datamatic 52
Coronis Systems 53
Controlotron 53
BIF 54
Badger Meters 54
AMCO 54

Appendix 55

Glossary 58

List of Figures

Figure 1: AMR Kit 55
Figure 2: Different Types of Meters 19
Figure 3: Centron� Meter 56
Figure 4: Centron� Polyphase Meter 56
Figure 5: Quantum� Q1000 Meter 57
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