Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) technology has changed the way utilities do business in the 21st century. Simple AMI functionalities — such as reading interval data, remote service connects and disconnects, and outage alarms — have all delivered significant operational savings and improved the bottom lines for many utilities.
But what’s next for utilities looking to streamline operations, reduce costs, improve customer satisfaction, and overcome regulatory challenges? Does today’s technology stack up to the challenge of providing a cost effective, flexible, and scalable solution that can support more complex applications? This paper will examine and compare how well the two major AMI network topology schemes used today can help utilities meet the needs of the next generation.Download PDF