FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aclara Now Offers Time Synchronized Reading of Water Meters
CLEVELAND, Ohio – March 23, 2010 – Time synchronization, which helps utilities understand how much
billable water is actually getting to customers, is now available as part of the Aclara® Series 3000 family of
meter transponders being offered for the two-way STAR® Network advanced metering infrastructure
(AMI) system. Aclara is a leader in Intelligent Infrastructure ™ solutions and part of the Utility Solutions
Group of ESCO Technologies Inc.(NYSE: ESE).
In a time-synched network all meter endpoints are maintained at the same time and reads are taken
simultaneously, providing a snapshot of system usage. Utilities can determine how much water is being
lost to leaks and other problems by reconciling this view of usage with information related to the amount
of water entering the system.
“Time synchronization is really a cornerstone of two-way communications for a water utility,” said Todd
Stocker, water product manager for Aclara RF Systems Inc. “It provides the data necessary to understand
where water loss is occurring. In fact, system reconciliation is really the first building block of leak
The 3300 Water MTU, the latest in the Series 3000, also can take hourly, time-stamped readings in
addition to providing time synchronization. The increased data available through hourly reads eliminates
the need for estimated bills and helps the utility improve customer service as well as revenue-protection
efforts. Having access to hourly read data also can help consumers get a better sense of how they are
using water, allowing them to make decisions that save money or boost conservation efforts.
The 3300 Water MTU provides these additional functions while maintaining the 20-year battery life for
which the STAR Network system is known. The MTUs offer accurate, consistent readings in all locations,
even when placed in traditionally difficult installati