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PROCESS FOR AUTOMATICALLY INSTALLING METERS IN A UTILTY'S AMR SYSTEM BY THE METER MANUFACTURER'S MANUFACTURING SYSTEM

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130596D
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-28
Document File: 1 page(s) / 21K

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Abstract

Currently, when the manufacturing system completes an order for meters, a copy of the marriage file is emailed to the customer. This file contains information about all of the meters in the order, including information required by MAS to read and make sense of the meter’s data. Once the customer receives the marriage file, they much manually import it into MAS, using the MAS user interface, before any of the meters can be read or managed by MAS. Prior to importing the marriage file, the meters, if discovered, will show up as “unknown” in the MAS system. If the meters are deployed in the field before the marriage file is imported into MAS, the meters will not be read and they will not be configured with TOU programs.

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PROCESS FOR AUTOMATICALLY INSTALLING METERS IN A UTILTY’S AMR SYSTEM BY THE METER MANUFACTURER’S MANUFACTURING SYSTEM

Background:

Currently, when the manufacturing system completes an order for meters, a copy of the marriage file is emailed to the customer. This file contains information about all of the meters in the order, including information required by MAS to read and make sense of the meter’s data. Once the customer receives the marriage file, they much manually import it into MAS, using the MAS user interface, before any of the meters can be read or managed by MAS. Prior to importing the marriage file, the meters, if discovered, will show up as “unknown” in the MAS system. If the meters are deployed in the field before the marriage file is imported into MAS, the meters will not be read and they will not be configured with TOU programs.

Description:

Instead of only emailing the marriage file to a person at the customer’s site, the manufacturing system will also email the marriage file directly to the MAS system, which will automatically process it as though it had been manually imported from the user interface. This means that the meters in that order are ready to be discovered and read by MAS as soon as they are deployed in the field. The meters are also available (but not in the “installed” state) in MAS to be assigned to accounts, assigned to TOU rates, placed on collection schedules, etc. This means that the meter can be completely configured, and...