Choice Connect™ Fixed Network
The Choice Connect™ Fixed Network for electricity, water and gas providers combines fixed network architecture with Itron’s proven meter data management software to collect and manage frequent consumption and usage meter data, reliably and accurately.
Itron’s CCU 100 makes that link stronger than ever. The CCU 100 (also known as a collector) reads data from Itron electricity meters, gas and water endpoints, and repeaters. Data is forwarded from the collector to the utility over a public wide area network (cellular-based WAN or broadband) or a private WAN supporting IP-addressable packet data. Data is automatically uploaded to the Itron Fixed Network Software and can be used for billing as well as advanced applications and analysis in a meter data management system. Data uploads occur at scheduled intervals. The CCU 100 can also facilitate on-demand requests when needed. Collectors operate on a 120/240 auto-sensing volt service and are equipped with a backup battery. In the event of an outage, the collector sends an alarm to the Itron Fixed Network Software with information describing various events, including power loss, restoration, and low-battery conditions.
Features + Benefits
The Itron ChoiceConnect Fixed Network 100 automates meter data collection using wireless communications to collect granular meter data and can leverage existing utility and public communications infrastructure for back-haul communications. Two-way communications to the meter and time synchronized interval data collection provide advanced data collection capabilities for increases in operational efficiencies, enhanced levels of customer service and improvements in system integrity.
Itron electricity, water and gas radio-based endpoints transmit consumption, interval usage and meter tamper data at regular intervals to a network of collectors, which back-haul the meter data to the Fixed Network collection engine. Repeaters can be used to extend the range of collectors or fill holes in endpoint to collector coverage, further enabling the cost effectiveness of the network. The collection engine processes, manages and distributes the meter data to billing systems, direct customer access programs and advanced analysis applications.
With the ability to collect hourly interval meter data, Fixed Network 100 is the ideal solution for utilities that require advanced meter data collection. Real time bill reconciliation, customer engagement, system integrity, off-cycle reads, peak load management, outage detection, accurate forecasting and reliable distribution design and optimization are all possible when you collect and store interval data.
The Itron Fixed Network allows utilities to choose from a number of existing public communications platforms such as GPRS (general packet radio service) networks, Ethernet, and PSTN (public switched telephone networks) to gather energy meter data. Fixed Network is very scalable to grow with a utility’s needs. With its reliance on existing infrastructure for back-haul communications and low-cost neighborhood repeaters to limit the number of required concentrators, Fixed Network is one of the lowest cost networks available.
When you deploy Fixed Network for advanced data collection, you can: