Neptune Technology Group Inc. and Landis+Gyr Inc. have released their first endpoint for remote meter reading applications, expanding the meter data collection choices available to utilities that implement Neptune’s ARB® Utility Management Systems™. The Neptune R900 FOCUS endpoint combines Neptune’s R900™ module with Landis+Gyr’s solid state residential FOCUS® meter platform. Neptune’s ARB Utility Management Systems suite of handheld and mobile reading systems is capable of reading R900-equipped electricity, gas and water meters, as well as Itron electric ERTs and R300s, providing a range of options for multi-service utilities.
As part of an integrated approach to automatic and remote meter reading, the Neptune R900 FOCUS endpoint offers several benefits. The R900 module accesses consumption data via a direct meter register read, ensuring accuracy, and can also read instantaneous line voltage from the meter. This is then transmitted via the standard message package, providing a utility with a snapshot view of distribution system performance. The module also includes tamper detection in the data stream.