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AMCO Automated Systems specializes in Automated Meter Reading (AMR) solutions featuring the TRACE VRT mobile AMR system.
 
Dedicated to delivering products and service tailored to meet and exceed the needs of our customers, AMCO Automated Systems has a history of design innovations and delivering complete product solutions.

AMCO Automated Systems, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, specializes in mobile Automated Meter Reading (AMR) solutions featuring the TRACE VRT family of products for gas and water utilities.  AMCO Automated Systems is a subsidiary within Elster Group, world`s largest multi-utility metering company for gas, water, and electricity.

Automated Meter Reading (AMR) Solutions

The Leader in Mobile AMR Technology with TRACE-Automated Meter Reading Systems

All the benefits of Mobile AMR:

  • Lower meter-reading costs
  • More accurate meter readings
  • Improved customer satisfaction
  • Reduced customer service costs
  • Tamper detect

And much more with Virtual Real Time (VRT) readings:

  • More ways to reduce meter-reading costs
  • More ways to create customer satisfaction
  • More data collection options with fly-by meter readings
  • More control of your reading cycles
  • More data to help manage your distribution system
  • More ways to justify your AMR investment

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TRACE® VRT System

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TRACE® VRTTM Mobile AMR System

The TRACE® VRTTM (virtual real time), mobile AMR system, processes and stores real-time data at the gas or water meter transponder (Meter Interface Unit or MIU) for retrieval as required during a normal in-cycle read. Stored data includes 35 days of daily index readings (each in a separate electronic index [e-index]), up to four time-of-use (TOU) e-indexes and a leak-detection alarm (water). A real-time clock in the transponder allows time-based data collection.

The daily index-read-time is factory and field programmable, as is the start and stop times of each TOU e-index and the duration of the leak-detection monitoring interval and threshold level. Data is read from mobile interrogators, using two-way RF communication technology. TRACE® VRTTM transponders are addressed individually by serial number, followed by a series of commands to retrieve specific historical and time-of-use data, as well as the usual accumulated volume and alarms.

How it Works

  • A. Transponders (meter interface units (MIUs)) collect, process and store virtual real time (VRT) readings at gas and water meters.
  • B. Two-way radio frequency (RF) communications for the selective retrieval of transponder VRT reading by the Mobile Interrogator.
  • C. Both handheld and vehicle-installed interrogators are available for the cost effective data collection of readings by large and small utilities with dense and/or scattered meter sites using radio frequency (RF) communications.
  • D. Route Manager VRT, route management software, accepts and processes reading routes from the CIS, transferring the routes to interrogators as required and then retrieving read routes from interrogators for local storage and use and transfer back to the CIS.

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Water & Gas Transponders

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TRACE® VRTTM Overview

TRANSPONDERS

Gas and water meter interface units that collect, process, transmit and store virtual real time (VRT) readings in the field.  Compatible with meters produced by various manufactures and easily installed on in-service meters without changing the index reading.

TRACE® VRTTM transponders are available for use with gas and water meters.  The transponder collects, processes, transmits and stores volume readings from the meter.  Stored readings includes the accumulated volume displayed by the meter and virtual real time (VRT) readings in the form of 35 daily readings and four time-of-use readings.  In addition, water meter transponders collect and process readings used to detect leaks downstream of the meter.  All transponders maintain a tamper alarm.

The TRACE® VRTTM transponder includes a radio frequency transceiver that transmits requested readings and alarms from that meter upon receiving requests from an interrogator.

WATER TRANSPONDERS

TRACE® VRTTM transponders are available for residential and commercial meters installed in pits or above grade, indoors or outdoors.

TRACE® VRTTM transponders are available for residential and commercial meters installed in pits or above grade, indoors or outdoors.  What makes the TRACE® VRTTM AMR system unique is the ability to provide a programmable leak detection capability along with selectable time-of-use registers.  These, along with the 35 daily readings that can be selectively retrieved during mobile AMR data collection, provide more ability to manage the customer efficiently and effectively, positioning the utility to reduce operating costs while preparing for future application demands.

PWT Water Meter Transponder (PWT)

The PWT is designed for use with water meters installed above and below grade. The PWT is installed from the underside of the pit lid with the antenna extending through the lid and held in place by a low-profile cap from the topside of the lid. The PWT is connected to the water meter register by cable and includes a cut cable tamper alarm.

The TRACE® VRTTM PWT is designed for use with water meters installed below grade, in pits. The PWT is installed on the underside of the pit lid with the antenna extending through the standard 1-3/4`` hole and held in place by a low-profile cap from the topside of the lid (as shown). The PWT is connected to the water meter register by cable and includes a cut cable tamper alarm. The extremely compact design of the PWT makes it ideal for use with small pit boxes.
 
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Remote Water Meter Tansponder (RWT)

The RWT is designed for above-grade water meter applications and can be installed indoors or outdoors.  The RWT is connected to the water meter register by cable and includes a cut cable tamper alarm.

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GAS TRANSPONDERS

TRACE® VRTTM transponders are available for small diaphragm meters, C&I diaphragm, rotary and turbine meters, as well as electronic volume correctors.  Transponders are designed to easily install on most meters without having to change the index and index reading.

TRACE® VRTTM transponders are available for small diaphragm meters, C&I diaphragm, rotary and turbine meters, as well as electronic volume correctors.  AMCO AS continues to add more meter compatibility over time:  be sure to check with us to get the latest compatibility chart.  The design of the TRACE® VRTTM transponders allows the re-use of existing meters through simple addition of the radio transponder unit.  What`s more, not only does the field installation often re-use the existing register and cover, but it leaves the meter reading unchanged.  By programming the electronic transponder with the same reading as the mechanical register, both installation and periodic validation are supported.  Transponders can provide a current read along with 35 historical daily reads during mobile AMR data collection.  They also support four time-of-use registers and deliver tamper indications.  TRACE® VRTTM not only manages customers efficiently and effectively, but it also positions the utility for future application demands. 

Direct Gas Meter Transponders (DGT)

DGTs are intended for small diaphragm meter applications.  Compatible with most gas meters, the DGT is easy to install and attaches to the existing mechanical register.  When implemented in this way, adding mobile AMR capability does not change the meter-register count and allows immediate validation of AMR and manual readings.

The TRACE® VRTTM small DGT is designed for direct installation on most residential diaphragm gas meters from American Meter®, Sensus® (previously known as Invensys®, Equimeter® and Rockwell®) and Actaris® (previously known as Schlumberger® and Spragu

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Compact Mini Mobile Interrogator (CMMI)

The CMMI is a radio frequency transmitter and receiver that use the Global Positioning System (GPS) to keep track of its location during the collection of meter readings.  Unique signals are sent from the CMMI to each


PIT Water Meter Transponder (PWT)

The TRACE VRTtransponder is part of the TRACE VRT Automated Meter-Reading (AMR) system that uses mobile, two-way, radio-frequency (RF) communication technology to request and collect specific meter data.


Remote Water Meter Transponder (RWT)

The TRACE VRTtransponder is part of the TRACE VRT Automated Meter-Reading (AMR) system that uses mobile, two-way, radio-frequency (RF) communication technology to request and collect specific meter data.The TRACE VRT Rem


TRACE VRT Handheld Interrogators

This latest generation of TRACE handheld interrogators (HHI) uses standard, DAP handheld CE computers modified by AMCO Automated SystemsThe CE5240X is part of the PI 500 series mobile handheld computers that feature an e


Vehicle Interface Display (VID)

The VID allows the user to increase the efficiency of reading TRACE transponders with the CMMI. Using GPS on a rugged computer, the VID displays real-time street maps marking the location of the meters and the CMMI as th


Vehicle Transported Interrogator (VTI)

TRACE VRT mobile interrogators (data collectors) are used to collect readings from transponders.  The interrogator establishes a two-way radio frequency (RF) communication link with a transponder using the unique seri

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