BLOG'S UP: Why Eliminating Ambiguity in Your Data Matters


The next time you strike up a conversation with your friendly neighborhood computer, take note of how long it takes before you get frustrated.  Despite the advances in artificial intelligence AI over the past decades -- and despite the incredible capacity humans have for adaptation -- human-computer interaction is unnatural (from the human perspective, anyway).  Every touch point where people provide input to computers, or receive output from computers, is an opportunity for misunderstanding.

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BLOG: Broken Meter Beater

Steve Birndorf

So, I’ve been thinking about broken meters quite a bit lately (and, when I say “broken meter,” I’m referring to all sorts of different issues--under-registration, non-registration, decay, stuck meters, zero reads, etc.). Every day, as I talk to municipalities and water agencies around California and around the country, broken meters are a topic of universal importance and concern. Everyone’s got ‘em, and everyone is trying to get rid of ‘em. And, broken meters don’t just go away when you fix them...they are a recurring problem which occur year after year after year...

Broken meters, significantly impact water utilities. They leave revenue uncollected, they impact revenue stability, they make compliance difficult, they result in truck rolls, they impact conservation efforts. The list goes on.

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Aclara and Valor Water Analytics Form Strategic Alliance to Serve Water Utilities

ST. LOUIS, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Aclara, a leader in smart infrastructure solutions to electric, water and gas utilities, and Valor Water Analytics, a developer of advanced meters analytics for water utilities, announce the formation of a strategic alliance to help water utilities reduce non-revenue water losses by analyzing data collected by advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems.

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Zero visibility: Issues in Water Use Data Resolution

By David Wegman, CTO, Valor Water

In the beginning -- that is, before HD television -- there was standard definition television.  Back then, nobody complained much about the quality of the image.  In reality, the reason why people didn't make a fuss was that they didn't know what they were missing out on.  The same goes for the transition from cassette tapes to CDs and a host of other evolutionary enhancements in audio/visual quality over the years.  Ignorance is bliss.

We are now seeing some parallels in the era of data.  Utility metering data is a typical example.  As Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) continues to be deployed, we are increasingly able to detect signals that were previously hidden.  This new visibility is driven by the greater number of data points per time interval that accompanies a smart meter deployment.  Whereas pre-AMI water meters are typically read around once per month, so as to coincide with a monthly billing interval, AMI can provide a meter reading once per hour -- a 720x increase in the number of data points.

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