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Technology FAQs
  1. How does the Advanced AMR Technologies (AAT) system work?
  2. What are the advantages of AAT?
  3. What is the geographic range of the radio?
  4. What is Advanced AMR?
  5. What type of devices can be monitored?
  6. Why are 2-way communications better than 1-way?
  7. Why consider installing an AAT system?
  8. Is the meter data collected easily ported to another billing system?
  9. Can I perform aggregation of meter accounts?
  10. What are the meter web reporting capabilities?
  11. How can we save you money using the AAT system?

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  1. How does the AAT system work?
    AAT works through a long-range, 2-way, licensed UHF wireless mesh network. A wireless meter interface unit (MIU) is, an intelligent energy monitoring and control device that acts as a transmitter, receiver, repeater and router, links each remote site to the AAT 8856 Wireless Concentrator. In a mesh network every MIU is capable of sending and receiving data from another MIU or directly to the Wireless Concentrator. The data is then sent via the internet directly to Central Receiver. Data always follows the shortest, most reliable route available.

  2. What are the advantages of AAT?
    High reliability communications and low cost long-range data communications. AAT's MIUs dynamically and continually self-adjust and are resistant to environmental disturbances and equipment failures that plague single route networks. With AAT the data always finds a path to the wireless concentrator. In addition every data message received is authenticated and acknowledged and forwarded. The monthly communication costs are virtually eliminated because each Radio Frequency (RF) network is customer owned and requires no phone lines, cellular connections or radio towers. AAT also eliminates the need for costly wiring, cabling or trenching during installation.

  3. What is the geographic range of the radio?
    The range is typically 4-6miles between MIUs and often greater depending on many factors including environment, equipment location and wireless options selected. If the MIU is not within 4-6 miles of the Wireless Concentrator, it will simply hop the data through other MIUs progressively closer until it gets to the Wireless Concentrator. AAT networks can easily grow to cover hundreds and thousands of square miles by simply adding new MIUs to the network.

  4. What is Advanced AMR?
    Advanced AMR utilizes IntelliNet technology to offer a single integrated solution that uses the wireless two way network to provide a variety of energy management modules which act as data loggers, transmitters and receivers. The monitoring modules are installed at the devices to be monitored and forward their data wirelessly to a concentrator.   The concentrator forwards the data via the Internet to the Advanced AMR network management platform - a Linux based server with integrated software for managing the remote network and collecting, analyzing and displaying the data. Using the suite of integrated tools, energy suppliers and energy users can use real-time energy consumption date to reduce loads at peak demand periods, conserve energy during off peak hours, develop conservation strategies, and manage their energy needs much more effectively. One advantage to Advanced AMR is the ability to integrate different function monitoring modules into one network. Now, for the first time, one can implement gas, electric, and water consumption data and remotely control distant energy consuming devices with one complete solution.

  5. What types of devices can be monitored?
    The 8841 Commercial MIU reads the direct register of an L&G AXS4 [DG COM format required] and GE KV2 commercial meters. For the 8830 Wireless Device Controller it can interface with end-point equipment such as irrigation pumps, HVAC, boilers, sewer pumps and any device which can be hard wired to the on-board Circuit Transformer (CT) to measure up to 20 amps. Ambient temperature can be measured when using an optional AAT temperature probe Part # 8812-16. Other makes and models of commercial meters are pending.

  6. Why are 2-way radio communications better than 1-way?
    Most AMR applications are one-way meaning that data can only be collected. Advanced AMR Technologies offers two-way technology which means data collection signals are acknowledged and confirmed.  Furthermore, a two-way radio system can request information such as on-demand reads as well as control end point equipment and if necessary, remotely disconnect service to irrigation pumps or turn off remote devices whether they are consuming too much power or to disconnect delinquent accounts.

  7. Why consider installing an Advanced AMR Technologies system?
    Utility power costs are typically most expensive during peak periods.  With Advanced AMR you can deliver the necessary information to support time of use pricing that significantly offsets peak costs.  What separates Advanced AMR Technologies from other technologies is that we offer real time energy monitoring, which produces energy usage information that is more timely, descriptive and automated.  And most importantly, customers can react to reduce their peak energy usage in real time when it most counts.  The net result is the ability to reduce energy costs by 10-20% or more by actively managing energy usage with AAT products.

  8. Is the meter data collected easily ported to another billing system?
    Yes.  The EICS software database is in MySQL, and can port data files in a variety of formats such as flat file, text file (tab delimited) or into Daffron billing systems.

  9. Can I perform aggregation of meter accounts?
    Yes, you can aggregate energy loads across sub meters, multiple services, and multiple buildings.  With the aggregation features, data is available to do better analysis of energy costs and allocation of energy.

  10. What are the meter web reporting capabilities?
    The meter consumption information reports kW, kWh, and more data in 15-minute intervals for theAAT 8841 Commercial MIU interfacing with a commercial meter. The AAT 8830 Wireless Device Controller reports on 1-hour intervals the watt-hours, amperage, AC voltage, frequency of cycles, run-time, temperature, high water conditions, and outage restoral. All data is accessed online with a valid user supplying an username and password.  The AAT 8800 EICS software reports immediate alarms via e-mail and/or cell phone for amperage levels exceeding custom threshold, AC voltage exceeding or less than custom levels, number of cycles exceeds set level determined by energy administrator, duration of run-time in minutes beyond custom level, any high water conditions, and when end-point's device has power restored.

    Online load profiles illustrate a bar or line chart.  KWh and kW data is illustrated in tabular format, which lists the following:  daily peak load in kWh & time it occurred, total kWh consumed for the day, prior month peak load queried in kWh & time it occurred, and total kWh consumed for the prior month.

    Reports can be queried for a specific date, weekly or monthly basis. Once a report is generated, it can be viewed as a line or bar graph, table, or downloaded as an Excel document (information is organized as a table).  

  11. How can we save you money using the AAT system?
    There are a number of ways an Advanced AMR customer can save money by using our products.
  • Reduces meter reading expenses and labor components
  • Reduce energy usage during peak cost times using demand response and/or load control
  • Eliminates unnecessary energy usage by knowing when you are using unnecessary energy
  • By knowing your energy load allowing you to buy energy at rates/programs that more are optimized around your usage patterns
  • Provides advanced billing information to improve customer service and reduce billing expenses
  • Supports time of use and/or demand tariffs reducing peak costs
  • Recover lost revenue from meters out of service with outage restoral
  • Recover lost revenue from delinquent customer by shutting off meters remotely

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