ABB on team to install largest water utility fixed network RF deployment

Washington, D.C.-To replace its many aging, inaccurate water meters, the District of Columbia's Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) recently awarded what will reportedly be North America's largest fixed radio frequency (RF) network for a water utility to the team of ABB, United Metering and Hexagram.

01/04/2002


Washington, D.C.- To replace its many aging, inaccurate water meters, the District of Columbia's Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) recently awarded what will reportedly be North America's largest fixed radio frequency (RF) network for a water utility to the team of ABB , United Metering and Hexagram. WASA's analysis indicated that its installed base of residential and commercial meters, many over 25 years old, required significant maintenance.

ABB's $11-million portion of the three-year, $36-million project will buy approximately 130,000 new ABB absolute encoder water meters. These meters will all be equipped with Hexagram transmitters, and the resulting fixed network data collection system will be integrated with WASA's customer information and billing system. United Metering will manage the WASA project and perform equipment installation.

'The revenue we'll see from meter replacement will cover the cost of the program,' says Jerry Johnson, WASA's gm. 'ABB's AMR technology will enable WASA to improve our operations, and provide better service to our customers in terms of measurement and billing accuracy and timeliness.'





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