The Inovonics TapWatch wireless submetering system is a proven, cost effective solution for multifamily properties to reduce variable utility expenses. By accurately measuring individual residents’ utility consumption, and billing them directly for their use, multifamily properties can reduce net operating expenses and deliver cost effective resident amenities on a single wireless system.
- Increased cash flow and operating income by eliminating variable utility costs
- Improved net operating income
- Increased property value
- Improved tenant satisfaction
- Conservation of water and other resources
Pulse Meter Transmitter
The PMT provides a means for tracking and broadcasting water consumption information. The PMT connects to a compatible meter’s standard pulse or reed switched output. As the meter measures consumption, resulting pulses or switch closures are counted by the PMT, and the PMT then wirelessly transmits the data to the Remote Data Logger. The information in this radio transmission includes a unique identification number, the meter pulse count, the state of the battery, and a notice of any PMT tampering.
The repeater is an intelligent transceiver that identifies signals from Inovonics transmitters and rebroadcasts those signals. The repeater transmits at a higher power than the PMT, so the PMT radio transmissions need only reach the repeater, not the RDL. This extends the life of the battery in the PMT and creates an accurate, reliable, and cost-effective wireless system.
RDL and Receiver
The receiver, which is connected to the RDL, receives the radio signals from the PMTs and repeaters. The RDL, designed specifically for submetering by Inovonics, can store meter readings from up to 2000 meters for 99 days. At any time, the billing company can contact the RDL and download the readings along with site information and any system notices.
The billing company uses TapWatch software to communicate with the RDL. The software allows the billing company to collect, view, and monitor consumption for each unit, as well as to update site information, and monitor the system status. At any time, the usage data can be retrieved from the RDL and exported to a billing program.