The easy way to remote meter reading of water and heat

READy - Network Reading

READy is a unique solution for reading meters remotely and optimizing the distribution network

READy is an effective solution for remote reading of intelligent water meters and heat meters. You get fast and easy access to consumption data and the system gives you access to tools for analysing and optimising your distribution network.

READy supports both wireless meter reading as well as meter reading of cabled meters in a Wired M-Bus system.
Depending on your needs, the remote reading of your meters with a READy system can take place in two ways.

You can read your meters on the go through mobile reading with your smartphone as you drive around your supply area. You can also choose to have your meters read automatically on a daily or hourly basis through a network with on one or more fixed data collection units. 
A READy system can easily be adjusted to meet different needs and it can be expanded as your needs change. If you have chosen mobile meter reading, it is therefore easy to upgrade and expand to a network – one area at a time or all areas in one go.

Regardless of whether you choose a solution for reading via mobile or network, you get direct access to support, and meter data is stored safely with Kamstrup.

Easy documentation of meter exchange

No more pen and paper for meter exchange documentation. Eliminate the risk of human errors and ensure correct data handling and very secure data storage with the Meter Exchange module. It enables you to store historical data, important notes and pictures related to a specific meter exchange in READy Manager. In other words, the Meter Exchange module reduces your workload and ensures traceability of the entire meter exchange process.

The easy way to remote meter reading of water and heat

It does not have to be hard to get started with remote meter reading. With a READy meter reading system, you can say goodbye to manual reading, reporting via the internet and estimated calculations. Now you can personally read consumption data automatically, without disturbing consumers.

“We can suddenly start using meter data for more than just billing. Now we can analyse, troubleshoot and find improvement opportunities that we were previously unable to.” Marc Roar Hintze, CEO, Assens District Heating.

Designed for "DIY"

It is easy to get started with READy network reading.

The collection unit is simple to install and it comes with instructions to ensure that the unit is installed correctly on the first go.

A data collection unit can consist of an M-Bus Master or of one or more antennas that capture the signal from the meters and a concentrator that sends the meter data to READy Manager.

Test it before leaving the installation

You can check, which meters a concentrator can read, simply by using a mobile optimised website and entering the serial number. 
When you install new meters, you can check that they can be read by the system on the same site before leaving the installation – this way you never have to disturb the consumers more than once.

Optimal utilisation of meter data with READy Manager

No matter whether you choose mobile meter reading or a network, the handling of your meters and meter data takes place in the PC program, READy Manager. READy Manager has a simple user interface with a start screen and icon-based navigation that makes the program intuitive and easy to use.

READy Manager supports many different data formats and offers flexible import and export of data. It is easy to integrate an existing customer database in the system. Consumption data can be exported to your billing system or an email as needed, either manually or via automated commands.

Smart metering is about so much more than consumption metering. Optimal utilisation of data depends on how it is presented and used. Therefore, READy Manager offers a broad range of tools designed for modern utilities that give you an overview of, and help you utilize, your meter data. For example, you can increase the reading interval for strategically important meters to create a more

nuanced overview and read up to 50 meters in 5-minute intervals. To get an overview of the consumption and other parameters in different parts of your distribution network, you can group your meters in READy Manager. You can create groups based on geography or create groups of customers where you wish to follow the consumption closely.

Moreover, READy Manager can visualize meter data in a bar chart and couple the consumption with any alarms or info codes. This can make it easier to compare the consumption from different meters and identify leaks, bad coolers or other irregularities in the distribution network or with the end users.

Water utilities can also get an overview of the water loss in the distribution network and it is possible to monitor the pressure to stay updated on whether the pressure is optimal in all parts of the distribution network.

Remote configuration of the meter and remote reading of the log

With READy, it is now possible to configure supported meters, such as the MULTICAL® 403, remotely with the built-in 2-way communication. This means that you can now update the meters with new settings from outside the house using the READy App on your smartphone. You do not have to disturb the customers and you avoid logistical problems with accessing the meter.

With READy App, you can now set up pulse inputs and adjust parameters such as tariffs, log intervals and more. You can also change what information the meter transmits as part of the data package. Therefore, the meter’s settings can be continuously adjusted as the utility’s need for data and billing changes.

The 2-way technology also lets you read out the meter’s log remotely. The logged data can be read from the road outside the house using READy App. This allows you to investigate abnormal consumption patterns without having to disturb the customer unnecessarily.

New possibilities for optimisation with READY

A common focus on the best possible use of resources and good customer service formed the basis for the two utilities collaborating on the READy network reading of water and heat meters. 

In addition to halving the costs associated with establishing the radio network, the cooperation resulted in a doubling of the solution’s benefits.

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