After an RFP process, the Purchasing Dept. recommended approval to procure water meter data collection services from Utility Partners of America, which was approved Thursday afternoon by Council.
The services will be used by the Public Works and Water Resources and Revenue Department and include water meter data collection for the City of Savannah’s existing Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) and Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) system.
The existing advanced infrastructure system is a Badger Orion/Beacon Cellular System and is a hybrid structure of both AMR and AMI units with a total of approximately 29,000 water units. These “smart” water meter units serve customers in the City of Savannah and unincorporated areas of Chatham County.
“In order to most greatly benefit from the efficiencies AMR and AMI technology can provide, the City desires to obtain key information for each of the City’s automated meters, including, but not limited to, the GPS location at sub-meter accuracy, a photograph of each meter site and product, the endpoint/radio type, a visual survey of the property type, and the resolution setting,” according to the staff report.
The data collected will assist the City in transitioning to the updated Badger Beacon Meter Reading Software, as well as be utilized in the CityWorks asset inventory system, which will allow for improved management of water system equipment.
Four proposals were received in response to this RFP. All proposals were reviewed and fully evaluated by a selection committee of City staff.
Sourced from The Savannah Business Journal, May 2020