Itron, Inc. recently announced the commercial availability of MC3, a portable drive-by meter reading system that has the ability to read up to 10,000 electricity, gas and water meters per minute.
Powered by Itron’s new SRead radio technology, the MC3 increases read performance and reliability by simultaneously listening for ERT signals across 80 different channels within the 900 Mhz spread spectrum. In addition, SRead’s multichannel architecture and advanced antenna design allow the MC3 to isolate and slice through radio frequency “noise” and interference to ensure optimal reading performance where other systems are operating in the same band.
The MC3 also features an advanced mapping application to further optimize read performance. The GPS mapping system provides the operator with immediate visual representation of endpoint locations and read confirmation. This eliminates the need for time consuming rereads or collecting skipped reads, thereby reducing meter reading times and fuel consumption and improving worker productivity.
Source: Itron, Inc.