Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, March 26, 2012 — The city of Medicine Hat, Alberta, selected MeterSense, a division of Harris Utilities, to provide meter data management (MDM) for its electricity, water and gas delivery services.
The utility company — a unit of the city of Medicine Hat — will implement MeterSense as part of a larger advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) smart meter project. MeterSense's AMI and MDM capabilities will help the utility improve the way it serves the Medicine Hat population of 61,000.
Specifically, MeterSense will enable the city of Medicine Hat to:
- Automate meter reading and eliminate the need for regular access to customers' properties for meter checks
- Deliver timely and accurate bills that are based on customers' exact usage data rather than estimates
- Develop future conservation initiatives that are targeted precisely to the gas, water and electricity use habits of community residents
- Provide customers with comprehensive analyses of their consumption patterns
MeterSense is supported by automated validation routines to ensure AMI data meets high quality standards. The solution also monitors AMI system operations to identify and correct problems quickly.
As a result, MeterSense will enable the city of Medicine Hat to optimize performance on its water, gas and electricity grids, and serve customers faster and with more accurate and comprehensive data than ever before.
Thanks in part to MeterSense, the city of Medicine Hat expects that its smart-meter program will pay for itself in about seven years.
From billing data to outage and restoration events, from performance monitoring to revenue protection, MeterSense collects, manages, stores and delivers smart grid information intelligently.