Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)

Mayfield Electric & Water Systems is pleased to announce a change in the way we read our electric and water meters and more importantly improved service to our customers.

With an eye on achieving operational efficiency in both data collection and customer service, Mayfield Electric & Water Systems has chosen FlexNet, by Sensus, as our Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) solution. This upgrade will enhance service and better serve our customers now and in the future; in part by giving Mayfield Electric & Water Systems a new “green” opportunity.

Starting in July 2009, MEWS will begin installing a new Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) using low power RF signals over our entire service territory. The deployment of the FlexNet system includes a meter replacement program. Full deployment of the system will take approximately 12 to 18 months.

Over 11,000 customers in a 10 square-mile territory are serviced by just one Tower Gateway Basestation (TGB), installed atop MEWS’ Farthing Street wi-fi internet tower. Using this existing utility-owned structure and leveraging FlexNet’s powerful wireless transmission capabilities combines to give our utility a communication system that allows intelligent use of resources with unprecedented efficiency.

The Sensus FlexNet system operates on an exclusive and FCC-protected primary-use license spectrum which guarantees the utility to receive data over totally protected airwaves. The ability to provide hourly meter readings and rapid leak alerts is an attractive feature of this system.

“Once the business case was examined for a fixed-base AMI system, it was obvious that our choice was the Sensus FlexNet system. We believe we are now well-positioned to achieve short and long-term operational and customer service goals and take decisive steps in our conservation efforts,” Marty Ivy, MEWS General Superintendent said.