For utilities contemplating the end of support for Itron FC300 handhelds, while preparing to respond to the Power of Choice reforms, can feel like they are being forced to make technology strategy decisions. There are less risky migration paths available.
It is an opportunity to ‘take a step back’ and re-evaluate meter data collection and management strategies with the influence that IoT is likely to have on smart metering deployments. Potentially with a greater range of technologies and at a lower cost, it might be prudent to see how the technology evolves and the benefits it could provide before joining the ‘bandwagon’ of mass deployments with technology that may or may not be fit for purpose.
Slashing meter reading costs while improving efficiency and quality outcomes of meter data collection has been the result of Australia’s largest water utility adopting DataCol’s SevenX.
Renowned for their customer-focussed approach, Trustpower wanted to increase time-on-route for their meter readers, and equip them with commodity-priced handhelds, without compromising the company’s excellent customer service reputation.