Nighthawk’s New RDM-960 ERT Collector Meter
January 25, 2014
Nighthawk announces the launch of its new RDM-960 AMI module with ERT Collector option.
Nighthawk’s RDM-960 is both a standalone AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) meter module and simultaneously an ERT Collector, listening for ERT (Encoder Receiver Transmitter radio) readings broadcast by other meters in its immediate vicinity. This optional ERT Collector functionality collects both high-power and low-power ERT readings and backhauls them over cellular network to Utility Web-Connect™, Nighthawk’s award-winning Cloud-based command and control system.
When strategically deployed near other AMR (Automated Meter Reading) meters, including electric, gas and water, Nighthawk RDM-960 meters can automatically collect all AMR readings. By replacing just a small fraction of their installed meters utilities currently using one way meter read technology can create a full advanced metering system with over the air reads. This includes advanced features such as remote disconnect, voltage monitoring, TOU and outage detection. Dual service utilities can have all of their reads brought back to the WebConnect head end for billing and analysis. The RDM-960 meter can be an extremely cost-effective alternative for collecting automated meter readings.
This meter joins Nighthawk’s popular RDM-940/950 AMI disconnect meters and CEO-940/950 disconnect collars already in service with many utilities. Like those devices, the RDM-960 AMI meter uses cellular backhaul for communications and delivery of the collected meter readings to the Cloud. From there, these meter readings can be automatically uploaded into MDM (Meter Data Management), CIS (Customer Information) or utility billing systems.
Nighthawk products use Utility WebConnect™, a Cloud based Web application running 24/7, and connected to multiple communications gateways, both issuing commands to remote devices and receiving information from them. Utility WebConnect™ interoperates directly over the Web or via automated data uploads with most utility billing systems. Even when utility personnel are not online, Utility WebConnect™ is collecting meter readings, issuing automated batch commands to devices and alerting utility personnel of alarming events via cellular text messages or email.
About Nighthawk: Nighthawk is a mobility leader in machine to machine connected devices and Cloud-based control solutions. For over two decades, we have pioneered intelligent devices and systems that allow for the centralized on-demand management of assets and processes.
Nighthawk products are used throughout North America, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia in a variety of mission critical applications, including hardened and secure utility control. We are building the future of mobility solutions for machine to machine control with our WebConnect device strategy.
Nighthawk is a subsidiary of McWane Inc, aleading manufacturer of ductile iron pipe, valves, hydrants, and fittings. McWane’s products make up the backbone of vital water distribution and wastewater treatment systems throughout North America, dependably providing the U.S. with clean drinking water. The company operates 25 manufacturing plants including 13 iron foundries across the United States, Canada, Australia, and China.
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About McWane Inc.
McWane, Inc. is a family-owned business based in Birmingham, Alabama, with companies across the United States and the world. At the McWane Family of Companies, we cast ductile iron products--including pipe, valves, hydrants, fittings, and plumbing products--manufacture fire extinguishers, fire suppression systems, steel pressure vessels, and build network switches and monitoring equipment. We are the leader in delivering clean, safe drinking water around the world while focusing on the safe, environmentally-friendly manufacturing of our products. With more than 6,000 team members McWane has a longstanding commitment of support to the communities where we live and work.