AMR, aka drive-by meter reading automation makes meter reading easier to manage, but does little to address leak detection or troubleshoot usage issues. To get the whole package: real-time and continuous monitoring, leak detection and troubleshooting, you need a Barnacle. Today we released our newest bestest version of the Barnacle that turns an existing AMR meter into a real-time monitoring machine. Special thanks to the Academy and the hardest working band of engineering elves in the Valley of Hearts Delight.
So to recap, this revenue-grade Barnacle turns AMR meters into real-time monitoring devices that allows customers to detect leaks, troubleshoot, and reduce water bills. The water utility can use these Barnacles to incrementally turn their AMR meters into a superior AMI meter one meter at a time (ya, you read it right) without having to build any infrastructure. Utility customers can now access the real-time data, swing open the window on their water usage, identify leaks before the said leaks become the stuff of insurance claim legend, and last but not least, become much more water efficient.