New system to help utility usage

Andy Sinclair, business development manager at Northumbrian Water Group Pipeline Solutions (left) and Jon Kent, chief executive officer of Zeco. Picture by Steven Witherspoon.
Andy Sinclair, business development manager at Northumbrian Water Group Pipeline Solutions (left) and Jon Kent, chief executive officer of Zeco. Picture by Steven Witherspoon.

A new system for reading and monitoring utility meters has been launched to help businesses and organisations to cut bills.

Northumbrian Water has developed the Automated Meter Reading (AMR) system to help reduce water, gas and electricity usage.

AMR utilises technology provided by specialist contract partner Zeco Energy to give organisations better control over their utility spending.

Using wireless technology, the small, compact data logger installed at the utility meter allows remote communication with NWG’s secure online portal.

North Tyneside Council was involved in the trial with equipment installed at key locations to help understand out of hours water usage.

Andy Sinclair, business development manager at Northumbrian Water Group pipeline solutions, said: “AMR has been developed to support businesses to reduce a major expenditure through a simple process of monitoring utility usage.

“AMR is adaptable to all utilities and is a great way of delving into an organisation’s utility use and finding ways of cutting usage and, therefore, cutting costs. Sometimes this involves something really innovative, or it can simply be identifying a fault that has caused unnecessary usage.

“We recognise that utility costs, not just water bills, are a big part of business expenditure for any organisation, so the ability to get a good return on a modest investment is something that most business managers can appreciate.”

Jon Kent, chief executive officer of Zeco said: “Working with Northumbrian Water Group, we are able to help businesses, local authorities and other organisations to identify issues and find solutions that will help them to bring long-term savings on their utility bills.

“The pilots at Redcar and North Tyneside councils have shown that it is often a hidden problem with a simple resolution that can make a big difference to how much utilities can cost.”

For more information, visit www.nwg-solutions.co.uk/amr

Businesses can call 0800 028 3557 for a free demonstration.