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Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
Description: 

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is a complete metering system that combines a data measurement unit with a continuously available communication means to provide the capability to sense, measure and collect time-based information (i.e. electricity, gas, water usage), and transmitting such consumer consumption information and system status to an energy provider.

The AMI infrastructure includes:
- Advanced solid state electronic meters, which can be either for electricity, gas and water.
- A communication means, which can be broadband over power line, power line communication, radio network, cellular network, or landline.
- AMI host at the utility site, which receives and manage the data collected from various AMI units and forward the data to the meter data management (MDM).
- Meter data management (MDM), which manages the AMI data and performs analysis to provide meaningful information to the utility.

The AMI infrastructure may also include software, consumer energy displays and etc.

See EPRI's AMI fact sheet here: http://www.ferc.gov/eventcalendar/Files/20070423091846-EPRI%20-%20Advanced%20Metering.pdf

Applications: 

AMI is used to monitor energy consumption information and to send information and system status to an energy provider.

Key Technology Area: 
Sensing and Measurement

Sample Vendors:
Name Product description Submitted on Submitted by Affiliation Contact information
Sensus Metering Systems 09/30/10
Landis-Gyr 09/30/10
Landis-Gyr 09/30/10
Itron 09/30/10
eMeter 09/30/10
Cooper Power Systems 09/30/10
Aclara 09/30/10

 

(Disclaimer: This is a representative sample list of vendors which is updated frequently. The SGIC portal does not endorse any companies or products listed herein.)