The $8.6 million water AMI program, which was funded in part by a $1.42 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant, is designed to improve operational efficiencies and billing accuracy as well as overall service to 18,000 residential and commercial water customers.
Roy Lavicky, director of information technology for the City of Stillwater, explains, “Moving forward we plan to use the Tropos network for a variety of city services including mobile public safety, traffic control and for other mobile city workers. The Tropos mesh network will replace cellular communications used today by our mobile municipal workers and deliver much higher bandwidth and greater reliability. A citywide wireless broadband network is economical and improves efficiencies and services to the community,”
Part of the AMI program includes replacing 18,000 analog water meters, many of which are more than 40-years old, with smart meters that can be monitored and read centrally. Currently, around 2,500 of the new meters have already been installed. By implementing the smart water meters and Tropos’ GridCom network architecture, Stillwater expects to improve billing accuracy. The utility will have more usage data and time of use (TOU) information for efficient load balancing of water flow. In addition having digital meters means the elimination of manual water meter reads and expensive truck rolls for service disconnects.
Tropos Networks president and CEO, Tom Ayers, says, “The City of Stillwater is a great example of the versatility and economics of our private IP communication networks. We congratulate Stillwater for their vision and the implementation of technologies that will improve operational efficiencies and quality of life in the community.”
Established in 2000 in Sunnydale, California, Tropos Networks provides IP broadband technologies used for mission-critical communications. The company has more than 800 customers in over 30 countries.