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An automated meter reading (AMR) server having an open, distributed architecture that collects, loads, and manages system-wide data collected from energy meters and routes the data automatically to upstream business systems. The AMR server includes a repository of metering data, and additionally provides timely access to information by including collection, storage, validation, estimation, editing, publishing and securing of meter consumption and interval data. The AMR server obtains data from meters equipped with modems via standard telephone lines or public RF networks. The data is converted from the format of the meter/communications infrastructure to a format usable by the AMR server and the repository. The data is converted from the AMR-compatible form to a format of a specific upstream business system prior to transmission. The data may also be validated in accordance with the upstream business system requirements. The AMR server provides for on-line users, interfacing with multiple dissimilar platforms and meter firmware, maintenance of system availability, data recovery, access to multiple legacy systems, and access by common set of Application Program Interfaces.

Title
Automated meter reading system
Application Number
9/82647
Publication Number
6088659
Application Date
May 21, 1998
Publication Date
July 11, 2000
Inventor
Maureen Martinez
Raleigh
NC, US
Robert H Lunney
Cary
NC, US
Richard Christopher Carpenter
Fuquay-Varina
NC, US
Raymond H Kelley
Raleigh
NC, US
Agent
Woodcock Washburn Kurtz Mackiewicz & Norris
Assignee
ABB Power T&D Company
NC, US
IPC
G06F 15/63
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