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New AMR transmitter provides low-priced alternative to fixed network

Posted: Friday 29th January 2010

Wireless telemetry specialist Radio-Tech has developed a low-cost automatic meter reading (AMR) transmitter for walk-by and drive-by monitoring of energy and water usage. The Smartlog Ultralite provides an alternative to costly fixed networks, but can also be used as an add-on to extend the range of an existing system.

The IP68-rated device is suitable for above- or below-ground applications, including sub-metering. Its firmware can also be upgraded wirelessly.

The transmitter stores the pulse output from the meter pulse head or reed switch and then transmits the total in a secure data packet, along with a status indication and unique ID address, typically at ten-second intervals.

Aside from being used to enforce drought restrictions or apply block and seasonal tariffs, Smartlog Ultralite can also monitor for leakage and provide daily consumption amounts which can be used for accurate billing.

The product has a maximum operating distance of 100m and up to ten years’ battery life. Its dimensions are 40 x 36 x 110mm.


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