Apartment buildings are designed with people in mind, not radio transmitters. This means that water meters are often installed in places that can make radio transmission difficult, like a metal box that's embedded into the wall. At Cereniti we understand that our technology should make your life easier, not more difficult, so we designed our radio transmitters to be effective no matter where you put them.
Even inside of a metal box.
We developed high-powered, low frequency transmitters that can be installed almost anywhere. We use only FCC-approved frequencies in the 450-470Mhz range. Using these low frequencies enables our transmitters to get better range and more efficient battery-life management.
Ease of installation
The outstanding radio performance of Cereniti's meters means that they can be installed where ever it is most convenient; that usually means right next to the meter. There is no need to lay cable so that transmitter might be installed in a place with better transmission. There is no need to make alterations to your buildings or to spend costly time jerry-rigging installations that fit the transmitter's needs.
Properties that submeter water will frequently look for ways to submeter other utilities like gas, electricity, or heating. Our transmitters can accept from one to four inputs from a variety of meters. As long as the meters have the same sort of output (pulse or encoded), and are installed in reasonable proximity (up to 12ft), it is usually a simple matter to hook them up to the same transmitter.
Another application of the same capabilities is especially applicable to apartment buildings. You might be able to hook up multiple meters, located in different floors, to the same transmitter, as long as all meters are within a 12 ft radius of the transmitter.
Pulse or encoded meters
Pulse and encoded meters each have their own pros and cons. Pulse meters are common and inexpensive, encoded meters are more sophisticated and precise. Apartment and condominium managers should be able to make a decision as to what type of meter is best for their property based on their business needs, not on the capabilities of their AMR transmitters. No matter what type of meter you choose for your property, we have a transmitter that can work reliably with it.
Using the data
A great deal of data will be produced and collected by your AMR system, it is important to know that you can get to it and you can get it to work for you. Extracting consumption data once a month for billing purposes is just the beginning. Your AMR system should do more, for example:
Identifying slow leaks
Repairing leaks and the damage they cause is time consuming and expensive. Cereniti's DataSense Control Center includes algorithms that have been designed and tested to spot slow leaks that might damage your property. The Control Center can then notify both the tenant and/or the property manager in a number of ways (e.g. email or text message) so that preventative action might be taken.
If slow leaks are a headache, burst pipes are a migraine. Water damage everywhere, expensive repairs and even more expensive replacements can be avoided using the DataSense Control Center to spot the unusual flow and to notify the tenant and building manager to take immediate action to prevent damage.
Would you be satisfied if your bank allowed you to see your balance only once a month? No? Same with water. Cereniti's DataSense Control Center can provide the tools to allow tenants to look at their water consumption online, even in the middle of a billing cycle. It can do much more as well; it can identify usual consumption patterns like sharp uptakes on certain days, or apartments without leaks that consume significantly more water than the average.