Optimal network establishmentWith NetBuild, the utility carried out the actual network establishment themselves while Kamstrup advised them on where to place antennas and concentrators to ensure the best possible result. This allowed Michael Christensen to be in control of the process and get help when he needed it.
Based on maps of the area and the meter locations, Kamstrup made specific recommendations for the amount and placement of new equipment, to ensure that neither too little nor too much was set up. ”Instead of taking a trial and error approach, Kamstrup’s recommendations gave us a good idea of how to cover our geographical area with as few concentrators as possible,” explains the operations manager. All of the equipment was plug and play and just needed to be installed and powered up to be running.
Some of the antennas are up as high as 30 meters reaching a radius of two to three kilometers. In this way, the utility reaches so far outside the two towns that they pick up many of the readings they would otherwise have to drive around for due to the very scattered metering points in the surrounding rural area not covered by the network. This was an unexpected advantage.
The network solution and all data are hosted by Kamstrup, which is a great advantage to Michael Christensen: ”There is no hassle and nothing I need to worry about – everything is under control.”