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November 2016 Newsletter Bookmark

Rounded Meters in UtilAbility

When you setup metered services for your accounts, you need to setup and assign a meter to each of those services. While services can share meters, you need to have at least one meter for each account. This allows you to post your readings to the proper meters, services and accounts so the information can be saved appropriately.

The meters contain information such as the Serial Number, Book Number and Read Sequence (for your meter routes), and various other optional information.

Meters can also share common characteristics. Rather than repeating that common information in each meter, you would setup various meter types and assign those to your meters. Meter types can be assigned to any meters that share their characteristics. These would include the size, the maximum number of digits (for determining when meters roll over), the factor, and again, various other optional information.

The factor is important for your bills to be calculated correctly, because your readings may be gathered from various types of rounded meters. For example, you may gather and post some of your readings in single units with a factor of 1 such as in gallons and some of them in multiple units with a factor of 1000 such as in thousands of gallons (i.e. 5000 or 5 can mean the same thing when multiplied by the appropriate factor). This allows UtilAbility to use the same meter rate tables when calculating your bills regardless of how your meter readings are rounded.

When you print your bills, the readings are displayed the way they were gathered and posted and the factored usage (the gathered usage multiplied by the factor) is displayed the way it was used when calculating the bills. Typically this is the actual usage.

If you have different types of meters that may round their readings differently and need more help setting up various meter types with the appropriate factors, please see our UtilAbility help documentation or contact our support staff for more information.



Read Full November 2016 Newsletter


Rounded Meters in UtilAbility

When you setup metered services for your accounts, you need to setup and assign a meter to each of those services. While services can share meters, you need to have at least one meter for each account. This allows you to post your readings to the proper meters, services and accounts so the information can be saved appropriately.

The meters contain information such as the Serial Number, Book Number and Read Sequence (for your meter routes), and various other optional information.

Meters can also share common characteristics. Rather than repeating that common information in each meter, you would setup various meter types and assign those to your meters. Meter types can be assigned to any meters that share their characteristics. These would include the size, the maximum number of digits (for determining when meters roll over), the factor, and again, various other optional information.

The factor is important for your bills to be calculated correctly, because your readings may be gathered from various types of rounded meters. For example, you may gather and post some of your readings in single units with a factor of 1 such as in gallons and some of them in multiple units with a factor of 1000 such as in thousands of gallons (i.e. 5000 or 5 can mean the same thing when multiplied by the appropriate factor). This allows UtilAbility to use the same meter rate tables when calculating your bills regardless of how your meter readings are rounded.

When you print your bills, the readings are displayed the way they were gathered and posted and the factored usage (the gathered usage multiplied by the factor) is displayed the way it was used when calculating the bills. Typically this is the actual usage.

If you have different types of meters that may round their readings differently and need more help setting up various meter types with the appropriate factors, please see our UtilAbility help documentation or contact our support staff for more information.



Read Full November 2016 Newsletter



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