Colorado Water District Begins MOSAIC AMR Deployment to Solve Conservation and Billing Challenges.PLANO, Texas Plano (IPA: /ˈpleɪnoʊ/) is a wealthy suburb of Dallas, Texas, located to the north, mainly within Collin County, but also extending into Denton County. According to the 2000 U.S. -- Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation sanitation: see plumbing; sanitary science. District in Pagosa Springs, Colo., has commenced its project to install Datamatic's advanced MOSAIC Automated Meter Reading system throughout its service territory. Datamatic has been a leading utility technology partner since 1980 and supports 500 customers worldwide.
Set high in the San Juan Mountains San Juan Mountains
Segment of the southern Rocky Mountains, southwestern Colorado and northern New Mexico, U.S. The mountains extend from southwestern Colorado along the course of the Rio Grande to the Chama River in northern New Mexico. , 300 miles southwest of Denver, PAWSD's service territory encompasses over 76 square miles A square mil is a unit of area, equal to the area of a square with sides of length one mil. A mil is one thousandth of an international inch. This unit of area is usually used in specifying the area of the cross section of a wire or cable. and receives more than 100 inches of snow each year. This makes accessing the water meter nearly impossible and has made it necessary for PAWSD to estimate bills for its 4,800 residential water customers nearly half the year.
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3. Customer Service Manager Lisa Dermody, "We've never been able to read our residential meters during the winter. So every spring, we've had five months of estimated billings to reconcile against that first reading we take in April. This means there are hundreds of bills to adjust, credits to issue and customer calls to handle. But MOSAIC will allow us to bill from actual usage, year-round and thus eliminate that entire 'catch-up period' and the additional time spent by staff dealing with the issues caused by estimating customer bills.
"Spring is also when we start finding all of the leaks that have started over the winter. We're in an area prone to droughts, so we're extremely conservation-conscious. We've never been comfortable with the fact that leaks could go on for months before we'd know about them. Treated water gets wasted and customers have to pay for it. But our MOSAIC system will notify us of leaks quickly. We're really excited about that. It's good for the environment and good for our customers."
MOSAIC is a "mesh" network. This means that all FIREFLY firefly or lightning bug, small, luminescent, carnivorous beetle of the family Lampyridae. Fireflies are well represented in temperate regions, although the majority of species are tropical and subtropical. Meter Interface Units (FF) also function as repeaters for the transmissions of other neighboring neigh·bor
1. One who lives near or next to another.
2. A person, place, or thing adjacent to or located near another.
3. A fellow human.
4. Used as a form of familiar address.
v. FFs. Data is transmitted, or "hopped," from FF to FF toward a gateway, similar to the way someone might jump from rock to rock to cross a river. Transmissions follow any path necessary to efficiently navigate the network; circumventing environmental obstacles along the way. The network "self-heals" and dynamically routes data via an alternate path is any path becomes unavailable.
"MOSAIC's self-healing mesh capabilities was key to our decision," added Dermody. "It's ideal for our service territory. We have mountains, dense forests and heavy snow. Getting line-of-sight between all of our meters and one or more towers was going to be difficult, and very expensive. Thankfully thank·ful
1. Aware and appreciative of a benefit; grateful.
2. Expressive of gratitude: a thankful smile. , MOSAIC doesn't require that. The FIREFLYs use each other to hop around obstacles."
"All utilities face challenges unique to their geography and climate," said Rich Sanders, Datamatic Vice President of Business Development. "We're thrilled to partner with PAWSD and that MOSAIC is such a decisive solution to their long-standing billing, conservation and deployment challenges."
PAWSD's system installation is expected to be completed by October 2008.
"Using a conservative Return on Investment model, we expect the system to pay for itself in less than three years and to give us positive cash flow of $5-6 million over the life of the system," Dermody concluded. "From an economic standpoint, it's an excellent decision for us. We're also investigating the possibility of implementing MOSAIC's Permalog Acoustic Leak Detection and Remote Shutoff Valve The prime requisites of a Safety Shutoff Valve are that it cannot be manually locked open and that it must be sensitive to any possible failure in the system. Naturally, the valve must shut tightly, and it is desirable to have a manual shutoff arrangement. capabilities in the future."
Utilities interested in Datamatic's AMR (1) (Adaptive Multi-Rate) A variable rate speech codec selected by the 3GPP for the 3G evolution of the GSM cellphone system (WCDMA). Using the Algebraic CELP (ACELP) compression technology, AMR provides toll quality sound at transmission rates from 4.75 to 12. solutions should contact Rich Sanders at (972) 234-5000.
About Datamatic, Ltd.
Datamatic is a leader in utility data collection solutions. The company's innovative ideas virtually created an industry when it installed the first electronic meter reading system in 1980. For nearly a quarter of a century, Datamatic has been at the forefront in the design, implementation and support of advanced utility meter A utility meter is any of the following metering devices used on utility mains: