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Meter Reading

Small, medium and large municipalities alike know the importance of revenue collection and all the aspects relating to it:

  • Optimised and Verified Meter Reading (Water & Electricity)
  • Expedited Billing Processes
  • Expedited Fault / Lock Reporting & Resolution

Fischer Consulting strives to provide the answers to these challenges with our Meter Reading Suite of products which provides the following functionality out-of-the box: Meter Management Software (MRS+):

  • Route management
  • Meter Reader management
  • Customisable interfacing with Municipal Billing Systems
  • Customisable Interfacing with Municipal GIS Systems
  • Route assignment to Meter Reading Devices
  • Audit Reporting
  • Fault Reporting
  • Management Reporting

Meter Reading Application (MR+):

  • Customisation of Meter Reading Software (MR+) to any Windows Mobile device
  • Automation and validation of meter readings
  • Logging of geographic coordinates of meters (GPS)
  • Directions to meters with the device’s GPS
  • Taking of photographs to verify meter readings
  • Fault reporting with photographs and geographic coordinates
  • Uploading of processed meters via Wi-Fi or docking station

The benefits of utilising Fischer Consulting’s Meter Reading Suite of products apply equally from small to medium and large municipalities – the solution can be scaled down to the smallest municipality or up to the largest. Our Meter Reading Suite is cost effective and will assist you in improving your customer service and revenue collection without increasing your staff requirement.

Smart Metering

Smart Utilities are the future and the future is already here. Smart Utilities replaces conventional utilities and have a myriad of advantages for consumers and service providers alike:

  • More visibility regarding real-time consumption
  • Greater control over energy usage
  • Ability for consumers to manage their energy use and related costs proactively
  • Immediate outage detection by the utility service provider
  • Increased privacy and security for the consumer since meters do not have to be physically visited

One of the biggest advantages for consumers with Smart Meters is that they have the power and information in their own hands to proactively manage their own energy use and can, according to peak/off-peak energy rates, increase their energy savings by managing their usage. The other major advantage is that meters do not have to be physically read, which negates the need for meter readers entering any property.

Probably the biggest advantage for municipalities / service providers is the ability to move from a report-and-investigate fault finding process to a real-time fault reporting / outage detection system. This will most definitely improve service levels and can have a major impact on the country’s economy by providing for faster restoration of services.