AMR Standard Approved by IEEE
An architecture document that describes what the telephone system should do in support of improved AMR has been approved by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), according to the Automatic Meter Reading Association (AMRA). AMR allows remote reading of utility meters without physical access to the meter. AMR, distribution-system automation and telemetry-based resource management are rapidly evolving technologies that are seeing wide application in the operation of electric, gas and water utilities.
The AMRA/IEEE SCC 31 Standard for Utility Telemetry Service Architecture for Switched Telephone Network Communications (P1390/D2/February 1995) was approved by the IEEE Standards Board in late 1995.
“This standard greatly improves the time, speed and capabilities of the telephone system when associated with AMR capabilities,” said William Rush, the AMRA/IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 31`s (SCC 31) chairman and the Institute of Gas Technology`s assistant director. “For the first time, the standards will allow utilities to specify AMR standards, sending a clear message from utilities to manufacturers that interoperable equipment is needed,” he said.
The committee is working on a second document that will provide detailed protocol specifications for connecting the residence and the utility to the telephone network. An approved-draft format can be obtained from IEEE by calling (800) 678-4333 or (847) 480-9628, or by faxing (847) 480-9282. The cost is $42 for IEEE members and $53 for non-members.