Lafayette, IN, Jan. 13, 2006 — With the commercial release of their first endpoint for remote meter reading (RMR) applications, Neptune Technology Group Inc. and Landis+Gyr Inc. expanded the meter data collection choices available to utilities who implement Neptune’s ARB Utility Management Systems.
The Neptune R900 FOCUS endpoint combines Neptune’s R900 module with Landis+Gyr’s solid-state, residential FOCUS meter platform. Neptune’s ARB Utility Management Systems suite of handheld and mobile reading systems is capable of reading R900-equipped water, electric, and gas meters as well as Itron electric ERTs and R300s, providing a wide range of options for multi-service utilities.
As part of an integrated approach to automatic and remote meter reading, the Neptune R900 FOCUS endpoint touts several system benefits. First, the R900 module accesses consumption data via a direct meter register read, assuring highly accurate customer information is transmitted to the utility. Secondly, the R900 module can read instantaneous line voltage from the meter, which is then transmitted via the standard message package, and provides a utility with a snapshot view of distribution system performance. And, finally, the R900 module includes tamper detection in the data stream, which can assist in the detection of theft of service.