SUNNYVALE, Calif. and MILWAUKEE, May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and Badger Meter (NYSE: BMI) announced today that adoption of the Trimble® Unity solution has enabled the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities (DOU) to streamline installations and achieve significant savings on their citywide Badger Meter Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) deployment project. The initial rollout of the Trimble technology solution streamlined the Badger Meter deployment and produced a return-on-investment (ROI) in 3 months; with the full deployment projected to enable the DOU to achieve savings of approximately $1.6 million over the 5-year meter deployment project.
Building an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
The City of Sacramento DOU operates nearly 1,600 miles of water pipe with over 135,000 service connections and two water treatment plants. Metered service today totals about 58 percent of the city. The DOU is currently conducting a multi-year Water Meter Reading Automation (WMRA) program to provide 100-percent metered service with AMI meter endpoint. At the program's completion, the system will include 140,000 endpoints; approximately 25,000 are installed at present. Originally scheduled for completion by the year 2025, conservation concerns recently accelerated the program's end-date to 2020.
For the Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) solution, DOU is deploying new endpoints with a BEACON AMA system using ORION two-way fixed network endpoints. To support the deployment and maximize efficient use of resources, the DOU selected Trimble Unity software, a unified, GIS-centric, collaboration platform for managing critical utility assets and field operations, and the Trimble Ranger™ 3 rugged handheld computers, equipped for use with the ORION SE network. The Trimble Unity Meter Change-out app, which supports meter deployment, installation and maintenance operations, was used for the WMRA project.
3-Month ROI and $1.6 Million Projected Savings
The DOU realized its ROI for the Trimble Unity solution in just 3 months. The total projected savings attributable to Trimble Unity for the WMRA project are approximately $1.6 million over the 5-year meter deployment project. These savings came from the elimination of extra trips to each worksite (installation and inspection are now completed in one trip, rather than two) and elimination of back-office manual data entry.
Trimble partnered with Badger Meter to modify the Trimble Ranger 3 rugged handheld computer with an integrated ORION transceiver for operation within the ORION two-way fixed communications network. For the WMRA project workflow, DOU office personnel schedule jobs in Cityworks; projects are then imported into Trimble Unity and dispatched to the field crews using the Trimble Ranger 3 handheld computers. The crews can use the Rangers to sync their jobs over Wi-Fi, program the meters, capture meter information and condition data, including the GPS location of each meter and photos if needed, and transmit the data to the back office, where personnel use Trimble Unity to review the project progress and export projects and data into Cityworks.
"The Trimble Unity solution has enabled the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities to streamline the AMA installation project work and allowed us to extend our Trimble Ranger 3 handheld investment beyond programming the ORION endpoints," said Elsie M. Fong, the WMRA Program Leader for DOU. "The Trimble app was designed to collect important water meter inspection data and eliminate an inefficient and risky manual paper process."
Trimble Unity Software Solution
The Trimble Unity solution is a unified, GIS-centric, cloud-based and mobile collaboration software platform that includes a suite of applications for managing critical utility assets and field operations. By integrating GIS and field operations, sensors and wireless communications, mobile workers and office professionals, and field and back-office enterprise systems, Trimble Unity provides a comprehensive solution for improving operations, reducing cost, enhancing customer service, and regulatory reporting. Trimble Unity is available through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) subscription.
According to Fong, "Working with the Trimble team was a great delight and we look forward to future projects together as we plan on integrating the Trimble solution with our work order and asset management system, Cityworks, expanding the workflow to maintenance work."
About Badger Meter Water Utility Solutions
Badger Meter continues to be a key partner in helping public and private utilities and municipalities with their water management initiatives. Understanding the challenges utilities encounter, Badger Meter provides the tools that help communities generate needed revenue, monitor and conserve their precious resources and serve their valued end water customers. Today, Badger Meter water utility solutions are top-rated and industry-leading, offering a comprehensive metering line, proven AMR/AMI technology and the powerful analytics tools that truly help in Making Water Visible® for thousands of water utilities.
About Badger Meter
Badger Meter is an innovator in flow measurement and control products, serving water utilities, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers worldwide. The company's products measure water, oil, chemicals, and other fluids, and are known for accuracy, long-lasting durability and for providing valuable and timely measurement data.
For more information, visit: www.badgermeter.com.
About Trimble's Water Division
Trimble's Water Division specializes in field and office solutions for GIS mapping and work management, field data collection, design and inspection, and network management for water, wastewater and stormwater utilities, manufacturers and service providers around the world. Trimble's solutions integrate advanced positioning, sensors and mapping technologies with software and hardware to automate utility mapping, design, construction and field operations, enabling increased productivity, enhanced regulatory compliance and improved customer service and response.
For more information about Trimble's Water solutions, visit: www.TrimbleWater.com.
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring positioning or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user in the field and to ensure communication between the field and the office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.
For more information, visit: www.trimble.com.