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Posting Meter Readings With Automatic Meter Reading Devices

This month we are discussing the procedures for posting your meter readings when using Automatic Meter Reading Devices. When using Automatic Meter Reading Devices, your meter reading data is exported from and imported into UtilAbility via Meter Reader Interface text files that are recognized by both UtilAbility and your Meter Reader software.

When it’s time to read your meters, you first need to export your data so that your Meter Reading Device is aware of any changes that you have made within UtilAbility since you last read your meters. These changes may include things such as your updated last readings, any new home owners, any specific comments regarding your meters and any meters that you have replaced. You can export your current data from the Export to Meter Reader menu item under the File Menu From the main screen in UtilAbility. Here you can specify some parameters for your export including the file name to be exported. Your data is exported a file that your Meter Reader software can read and ultimately export to your Meter Reading Device.

Once you have read your meters, you will need to transfer the new readings to UtilAbility. Typically, your readings are first imported into your Meter Reader Software and then exported to a text file that UtilAbility can read. You can import that information into UtilAbility using the Import from Meter Reader function from the Post Meter Readings screen. Finally, you can review the imported automatic meter readings and commit your Meter Reading Journal the same way you would as when entering your readings manually.

Before you calculate your bills, it’s a good idea to run your meter reading reports and review your reading and usage information to be sure there are no mistakes. This can save you time in the long run as it is better to catch any problems before you calculate rather than correcting them later. The Account Meter Reading Exceptions List report will show any potential problems with your meters, such as meters you may have missed or meters with higher than average usages, etc. The Meter Reading Journals and Details report will show all the readings posted in your entire meter reading journal.

If you have any questions about Posting Meter Readings with Automatic Meter Reading Devices or would like more information, please contact our support staff or visit our UtilAbility web site at www.utilability.com.

 

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Posting Meter Readings With Automatic Meter Reading Devices

This month we are discussing the procedures for posting your meter readings when using Automatic Meter Reading Devices. When using Automatic Meter Reading Devices, your meter reading data is exported from and imported into UtilAbility via Meter Reader Interface text files that are recognized by both UtilAbility and your Meter Reader software.

When it’s time to read your meters, you first need to export your data so that your Meter Reading Device is aware of any changes that you have made within UtilAbility since you last read your meters. These changes may include things such as your updated last readings, any new home owners, any specific comments regarding your meters and any meters that you have replaced. You can export your current data from the Export to Meter Reader menu item under the File Menu From the main screen in UtilAbility. Here you can specify some parameters for your export including the file name to be exported. Your data is exported a file that your Meter Reader software can read and ultimately export to your Meter Reading Device.

Once you have read your meters, you will need to transfer the new readings to UtilAbility. Typically, your readings are first imported into your Meter Reader Software and then exported to a text file that UtilAbility can read. You can import that information into UtilAbility using the Import from Meter Reader function from the Post Meter Readings screen. Finally, you can review the imported automatic meter readings and commit your Meter Reading Journal the same way you would as when entering your readings manually.

Before you calculate your bills, it’s a good idea to run your meter reading reports and review your reading and usage information to be sure there are no mistakes. This can save you time in the long run as it is better to catch any problems before you calculate rather than correcting them later. The Account Meter Reading Exceptions List report will show any potential problems with your meters, such as meters you may have missed or meters with higher than average usages, etc. The Meter Reading Journals and Details report will show all the readings posted in your entire meter reading journal.

If you have any questions about Posting Meter Readings with Automatic Meter Reading Devices or would like more information, please contact our support staff or visit our UtilAbility web site at www.utilability.com.

 

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