Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solutions are integrated systems of smart meters, communications networks, and data management software that enable two-way communication between utilities and customers. AMI systems are comprised of electronic or digital hardware and software, which combine interval data measurement with continuously available remote communications. These systems enable measurement of detailed, time-based information and frequent collection and transmittal of information to various users. AMI typically refers to the full measurement and collection system that includes meters at the end user site, communication networks between the end user and a service provider, such as an electric, gas or water utility, and data reception and management systems that make the information available to the service provider.
Shenzhen Gas has a large fleet of existing gas meters, which are installed in a variety of hard to reach locations, such as indoors and underground, meaning that existing communications networks have struggled to maintain connectivity with all meters. The meter success rate is low, data transmissions are so far unstable and power consumption is too high. Against this background, Shenzhen Gas, China Telecom, Huawei, and Goldcard have jointly trialed NB-IoT gas meters to try and solve some of the challenges that the industry faces with today’s smart gas meters.
The big problem that Utilities face includes:(i) How to make meters “smart” and ingest the data from homes to the companies and;(ii) how to derive intelligent actions from huge amounts of meter data, in an efficient and cost-effective way.Solving these problems would help Utilities track & monitor water consumption data, identify leakage, theft & various anomalies. This demands the need of a scalable system with remote asset management & proactive maintenance capabilities. This would also help end-consumers understand their water usage for better decision-making to conserve water.
The Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) market is expected to grow from USD 4.48 billion in 2015 to USD 9.19 billion by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 15.5% during the forecast period.