Meter Reading Arrangements
At the 1996 National Meter Reading Conference held recently in Sacramento, Calif., Greenland Corp. announced the introduction of its patent-pending communications technology that is used for the implementation of AMR for utilities. Its proprietary AMR technology, AirLink, was acquired from Ariel Systems Inc., which had previously been a partially owned subsidiary of Greenland. The primary application of AirLink is to serve the information gathering needs of electricity, natural gas and water utility companies.
Greenland previously announced its agreement to install a partial AirLink system for Emerald Peoples Utility District (Eugene, Ore.). The announcement of a second installation is anticipated pursuant to its agreement with the Utility Forum, a West Coast-based consortium of utilities.
E-MON Corp. extends its services to include meter reading and billing as provided by Utility Programs and Metering Inc. (New York). The meter reading and billing services are made available to owners and managers of apartment buildings, condominiums, co-ops and commercial, government and industrial buildings. Using E-MON`s AMR system (CE-MON), Utility Programs & Metering acts as an independent third party that deals with tenants, landlords, property managers and industrial financial planners. Services include rate method evaluation, tenant billing generation, lease reviews and tenant claim settlements. Services can extend to assist building owners with the reduction of overall operating costs.
Global Energy Metering Service Inc. (GEMS), a wholly owned subsidiary of DBS Industries Inc., made its first delivery of satellite radios on a contract valued at $1.75 million. Field trials of the commercial system are expected to be conducted during the fourth quarter of 1996. The fully integrated satellite radio, antenna and electronic meter system will be marketed to electric utilities for AMR applications.
GEMS` service uses low earth orbiting (LEO) satellites to remotely collect energy data from hard-to-access and high-cost metering sites, processes the collected data, performs consolidated billing and electronically delivers it to the utility customer. GEMS is currently exploring other opportunities for remote data collection applications via LEO satellites.