# High Level 1,200 km (750 mi) # 600 km (375 mi) Wabasca The solution: AMR Driven to solve these problems, AUI researched Automated Meter Reading (AMR) technologies, speciﬁcally ﬁxed-network and remote-capture methods. Fixed-net wor k s tend to be better suited for heavily populated urban environments, whereas AUI’s system is predominantly rural. In addition, in order to facilitate a ﬁxed-network, AUI would have to erect over 100 radio towers and repeaters throughout the province, something that was neither practical nor feasible. AUI determined that the best option was remote-capture technology, which called for cradle-mounting its existing, handheld meter-reading devices in AUI service trucks. This also avoided the cost of new devices. Using remote-capture AMR, AUI personnel would collect meter data in the general vicinity of its gas meters, without having to enter private property. In addition, AUI estimated a signiﬁcant reduction in the kilometers driven by vehicles used to collect meter readings, reducing overall carbon emissions. While the actual reduction could not be quantiﬁed until the ﬁnal route design was completed, initial estimates suggested a drop of 50 to 75 percent. Further, AUI would eliminate the need for meter-reading contractors, replacing them with signiﬁcantly fewer permanent staff. # Athabasca Bonnyville Barrhead Grande Cache Morinville Westlock ! P Leduc St . Paul EDMONTON Stettler Drumheller ! P CALGARY Southeast AUI’s operating areas (AUI) AUI serves about 80,00 customers in Alberta, Canada, through a pipeline network of over 20,000 kilometers dispersed across 660,000 square kilometers. The vastness of its service territory, made AUI a prime candidate for AMR. 21 Western Energy / Winter 2017/2018 / westernenergy.org/we # Pincher Creek AUI began planning for AMR conversion in 2013 with a pilot project in Grand Cache, a town of about 1,800 customers. Located on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, the town sees significant snow events, which can make meter reading difficult and time-consuming. With AMR, AUI employees could drive through town and collect reads, instead of slogging through meter-high snow banks. Success was immediately evident — meter reading dropped from 60 hours a month in the winter to less than two hours. Based on these positive results, it was clear that AUI should develop an enterprise strategy to convert its entire sys tem to AMR .