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AMI Components Figure 1 shows the building blocks of AMI. The customer is equipped with advanced solid state, electronic meters that collect time-based data. Meters include all three types—electricity, gas, and water meters. These meters have the ability to transmit the collected data through commonly available fixed networks such as Broadband over Power Line (BPL), Power Line Communications (PLC), Fixed Radio Frequency (RF) networks, and public networks (e.g., landline, cellular, paging). The meter data are received by the AMI host system and sent to the Meter Data Management System (MDMS) that manages data storage and analysis to provide the information in useful form to the utility. AMI enables two-way communications, so communication from the utility to the meter could also take place.

Overview of AMI

Advanced metering systems are comprised of state-of-the-art electronic/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 such information to various parties. AMI or Advanced Metering Infrastructure typically refers to the full measurement and collection system that includes meters at the customer site, communication networks between the customer 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.

For more information about Nishnabotna Valley REC's AMI system, please contact our office at 712-755-2166.