ATCO Gas to Introduce New Meter Reading Technology

Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:59pm EST

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In the spring of 2011, ATCO Gas will begin automating its meter reading
system. Approximately one million meters will be converted over a
four-year period. 

    "Fully automating our meter reading technology reflects ATCO Gas's
continuing commitment to provide customers with safe, reliable,
cost-effective natural gas service," said Brian Hahn, President, ATCO
Gas. "The new system will improve billing accuracy and enhance customer

    ATCO Gas meter readers currently visit, and in some cases enter
customers' premises monthly to read natural gas meters in an effort to
ensure customers receive a bill based on actual, not estimated
information. Automating the meter reading system will enable ATCO Gas to
obtain a meter reading every month, regardless of weather conditions or
access issues.

    Existing natural gas meters will be retrofitted with Encoder, Receiver
and Transmitter (ERT) modules, supplied and installed by an independent
company, Itron Inc. The ERTs will send data to mobile collectors that
ATCO Gas employees will use to obtain monthly meter readings. A single
mobile collector can read up to 15,000 meters a day. 

    ATCO Gas meter reading personnel work in nearly 300 communities across
Alberta. Affected meter readers will be transitioned into other
opportunities within the company. 

    Customers will be updated as their communities are converted to the new
technology. More information is available at

    ATCO Gas is an Alberta based, province-wide natural gas distribution
company, serving more than one million customers and is part of the ATCO
Group of Companies. ATCO Group, with more than 7,500 employees and assets
of approximately $10 billion, delivers service excellence and innovative
business solutions worldwide with leading companies engaged in Utilities,
Energy, Structures & Logistics, and Technologies. More information about
ATCO can be found on its website,

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