Instant Messaging

Advanced metering infrastructure costs about the same as mobile data-collection, says Project Manager Tony Lindgren of Tacoma Water in Washington, who's studying whether his department should upgrade to a fixed-network system to improve billing and leak detection. “Plus, when you have a fixed network, you can get the daily or hourly reads that benefit the system even more.” Photo: Tacoma (Wash.) Public Utilities

When zero water consumption is recorded over a 24-hour period, these Badger Meters Inc. transponders send a leak code to employee laptops equipped with radio-frequency receivers. Photo: The Consolidated Utility District of Rutherford County, Tenn.

Converting to a wireless system allowed the Zachary (La.) Public Works Department to bring meter-reading in-house, saving $75,000 annually. Photo: City of Zachary, La.

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