AMI refers to systems that measure, collect and analyse energy usage and interact with advanced devices such as electricity meters, gas meters and water meters, through various communication media either on request (on-demand) or on pre-defined schedules.This infrastructure includes hardware, software, communications, consumer energy displays and controllers, customer associated systems, meter data management (MDM) software, supplier and network distribution business systems.
The network between the measurement devices and business systems allows collection and distribution of information to customers, suppliers, utility companies and service providers. This enables these businesses to either participate in or provide demand response solutions, products and services. By providing this information to customers, the system assists a change in energy usage from their normal consumption patterns. This can be either in response to changes in price or as incentives designed to encourage lower energy usage at times of peak-demand periods, higher wholesale prices or during periods of low operational systems reliability.
AMI ‘raises the bar’ with regard to traditional Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) in a way that it enables two-way communications with the meter. Traditional systems, which were only capable of standard meter readings don't qualify as AMI systems.
The system provides the following:
• Monitoring & Control
• Reporting & Analysis
• Setup & Configuration
• Network Administration
• Network Diagram
• Executive Dashboard