meters (electricity, water, natural gas) are located throughout a wide
geographical area (either indoors or outdoors), the workload is heavy
and efficiency is low when meter reading personnel knock on each
resident’s door and enter their house for data collection. Errors often
happen because of misidentifying a given meter or wrong transcript.
Those paper records are not easy for saving and not convenient for
future inquiry. What’s more, the administration center can't be informed
of the problems founded immediately during inspection. A delayed
reaction to a sudden abnormal situation may cause catastrophic losses.
Besides, effective supervision and management for meter reading
personnel can't be achieved.
Facing so many challenges, now more and more energy companies are
piloting Intellhydro’s RFID or Infrared solution designed for meter
collection, facility inspection and staff performance assessment.
Intelligent meter readers eliminate manual recording and data input,
decreasing chances for human errors. They can also handle a flood of
data every day, making sure all data are accurately collected. In the
meantime, automatic billing can be realized once the consumption details
are uploaded to the central database. During daily inspection, field
workers only need to carry a portable and rugged mobile computer with
them to receive daily assignments or report breakdowns.
Intellhydro PDA integrated with the custom-made functions modules including
barcode scanning, RFID (LF/HF/UHF), infrared, Wi-Fi, camera or GPS to
realize automatic meter reading, solving problems caused by manual
reading and recording. Also the backend system accomplished seamless
connection to the group's ERP system, so the collected data can be
transmitted in real time via wireless communication technologies. In
this way, work efficiency and accuracy can be greatly improved.
The solution is available for the government or other private companies
as well, to help them conduct routine inspections, pinpoint each
facility’s location, and track their employees for performance
assessment. After the deployment of Intellhydro mobile computers, we see a
rise in working efficiency and accuracy, management level and enterprise