What is Advanced Metering and how does it work?

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) uses a 2-way communication device that measures and transmits electric and water data. This data provides accurate water and electric usage along with detailed system information such as voltage levels, current, and power factor on the electric side and pressure and leak alerts on the water side. Data would be sent to the PUD through a secure wireless network, where it’s safely and securely stored for customer billing. No customer-identifying information – names or addresses, for example – is stored in the meters or transmitted across the network. Meter readers would no longer need to visit homes and businesses to manually record information every month. Customer billing, which today is done every 27 to 35 days will occur over a more consistent timeframe.