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Identifying Water Meter Tampering Using a Data Logger

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CLEVELAND - eTradeWire -- Advanced dataTaker Monitoring Solution Catches Utility Theft

CAS DataLoggers supplied the industrial data logging solution for Pasco County Utilities (https://www.pascocountyfl.net/168/Utilities-Ser...), a provider of utility services to customers at a reasonable cost and in an environmentally responsible manner. The company maintains many remote water consumption meters in the field, which consist of billing meters for customers including businesses, golf courses, plants, and residences. Pasco County also uses bulk sewer meters monitoring pump station output, normally recording the number of gallons customers put through the meter and billing based on that figure. Unfortunately, workers occasionally found water meter tampering by the clients. They would temporarily turn off the power to these meters and then run their water or pumps, trying to avoid being billed for the true usage.

Installation

Pasco County Utilities installed a dataTaker DT82I Intelligent Industrial Data Logger into a portable Pelican case which CAS DataLoggers also provided. First workers placed an external port inside the case and then added a through-the-case port. They then inserted the dataTaker logger and secured the case to a concrete pole adjacent to an onsite meter to prevent theft or vandalizing. At that point, personnel left the dataTaker to log unattended to confirm the actual utility usage from clients and spot suspected meter violations.

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Usage

The dataTaker DT82I was a robust, stand alone, low power data logger providing an extensive array of features including USB memory stick support, 18-bit resolution, extensive communications capabilities and a built-in display. The dataTaker DT82I's Dual Channel concept allowed up to 4 isolated or 6 common referenced analog inputs to be used in many combinations, and the universal inputs enabled technicians to take measurements from almost any type of sensor. Additionally, the data logger's digital I/O channels and high-speed counters could be used to monitor equipment state or to count events or pulses.

Workers quickly got the hang of programming the dataTaker and simply plugged a USB stick in the front for easy data retrieval. Equipped with superior data storage and communications features, the unit was able to store up to 10 million data points (expandable) so that as much or as little data could be recorded as needed. Additional communication features for the DT82I industrial data logger included connecting via RS232 or Ethernet, or connecting remotely through a modem or over the Internet. The web interface allowed users to configure the DT82I, access logged data and see current measurements as mimics or in a list using a web browser.

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For further information on dataTaker Intelligent Data Loggers (https://www.dataloggerinc.com/products/datataker/) contact a CAS Data Logger Applications Specialist at (800) 956-4437 or request more information (https://www.dataloggerinc.com/need-more-information/).

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