An AMR or smart meter is an advanced utility meter. AMR stand for Automated Meter Read.
This means that the meter collects half-hourly consumption data and transfers the data to an energy management system where it is stored and can be analysed. The half-hourly data can be collected for gas, electric and water and removes the need to outdated and time-consuming manual reads.
AMR is ideal for smaller sites just under the 100kW threshold for half-hourly meters. Smart meters can be used to monitor electric, gas and water consumption and communicates via GSM technology for remote energy reporting. The half-hourly data can also be used by the utilities supplier to produce the monthly utility invoice.
This is a more accurate method of collecting consumption data meaning that supplier invoices are less likely to be estimated. A central server collects the data for analysis and billing.
What Are The Benefits Of AMR?
AMR provides accurate consumption data for:
- Accurate and timely tenant billing
- Monitoring of electric, gas & water
- validating utility invoices
- Identifying energy savings
- No more estimated bills
- Improved Budget and Accrual
- Energy Monitoring and targeting becomes a useful management tool
Energy consumption information can be used to raise awareness among building occupants and to produce league tables with the aim to reduce business energy spend.