The time and resources previously needed to manually read the meters in the pilot varied depending on the individual location and conditions, and as a result, the exact time savings per meter are difficult to conclude. “How much time we’ve won very much depends on the situation. For instance in some cases, field staff members first had to pump a meter hole dry before they could manually read out the meter,” says Paul Looman.
But with an estimated previous average time spend per meter of around 15-30 minutes, it is clear that reading meters has become much more efficient with the READy drive-by solution. “Now meters are digitally read out in seconds just by driving or walking by, where it took up unto half an hour when reading them out manually.”
Feedback from the field team members using the new solution has also been very positive: “Our meter readers have really embraced this new technology. I think it’s mainly because the equipment is easy to use and reliable – not to mention fun. The field team members in this project were all very interested and surprised by the many application possibilities.”
An additional benefit with their new solution is the wealth of valuable information that the temperature measurements can provide. This includes risks of frost bursts, e.g. in meter holes, which allows the utility to take preventive measures to avoid leaks, and knowledge about areas where high temperatures or risks of bacteria growth could impair the water quality.