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From: "Marc H.Popek"
Subject: Re: Radio Modules for AMR
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Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2002 00:51:41 GMT
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Organization: AT&T Worldnet
How many do you need?
"Tony" wrote in message
> Hello Marc
> You are correct. It is an old thing. And no sign of new money. I however
> not interested in retro fitting water meters. And I do not have a company
> whose sole interests is in reading meters. I simply enjoy finding
> solutions for problems. And it keeps me in the air conditioning during the
> summer months. I did a custom system in Louissiana a few weeks ago. I used
> rs485 and a lot of cat3 wire. It seemed easier to do it that way. And it
> work very well. But it took too long to bury the wire. Or tack to the
> where I could. SO I decided to use radio for the next one. Bit of a pain.
> seems all of the radio modules are made over seas. And if you want less
> a 1000 nobody is interested. I believe I have found something that may
> and I have ordered the developers kit. I'll know when I have returned to
> Florida to test it.
> "Marc H.Popek" wrote in message
> > Ahhhh AMR....... a solution look for a buyer! It amazes me how old idea
> > coming back, new people filling in to solve the same old problems! AMR
> > the US hit a peak interest in the late 1980's. First smaller local
> > comapaines then Shulmberger and Motorola, along with the electric
> > version provided by ... hmm crs is coming back again..... anyway they
> > belly up in the dot com craze.
> > The issue then and now are batery life a water metter are not near
> > and gttting radiated energy in and out of a earth borne hole in the
> > The system here in Las Vegas, was a drive by reader. so we decked out a
> > cherokee ( cuase we liked that car at the time!) with a cpu and a radio
> > In the hole we had an optical interface to the meter face, so as not the
> > fool with the variety of meters in place. and a pulsed transmitter.
> > The municapl water weenies are a conservative lot and really was
> > to spend any real dough for a full roll-out. I do not think any
> > money was made in providing AMR hardaware. Odlly, what does sell is an
> > electronic clipboard that the meter walkers use to entry the manual dtat
> > into a ee clipborad, and then they downlaod at night.
> > Good luck, get some of your money up front :-) You may want to consider
> > lower frquency carriers (< 100 Mhz) for better ground penetrating
> > OLD AMR'r
> > Marc
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