FCS is Itron’s premiere data collection engine for handheld and mobile AMR systems.  FCS can collect data from multiple meter types and accurately provides this data to meter data management systems and customer billing applications.

Supported Reads
FCS supports data reads from all of the following:

  • FC300 handheld computers
    • Radio equipped meters (electric, gas & water)
    • manually read meters (electric, gas & water)
    • Touch reads
    • Optical probes
  • Itron’s Itron Mobile Reading (IMR) system
    • Radio equipped meters (electric, gas & water)
    • manually read meters (electric, gas & water)
    • Optical probes (coming soon)
  • Itron’s Fixed Network offerings
  • Tantalus ERT overlay systems

Distributed Processing
Depending on the size of the deployment, Itron’s FCS data collection software can be installed on a single workstation/server or a group of networked servers for distributed processing. This provides flexibility for future expansion of the system as your system grows.

Automated Processing
FCS has built in automated processing functions to help reduce the amount of time spent on common tasks. The unattended functions can be built to include handheld communications, report generation and file downloads. System operators can automate these tasks on a function by function basis using the systems built in unattended task scheduler.

Future Expansion
The FCS system offers a clear migration path to larger more robust automatic meter reading (AMR) and mesh systems. This allows your system to scale with your current data collection needs as well as your changing operations and strategic objectives of the future. Those changes can range from something as simple as operating and supporting a mobile collection system to implementing a mesh system due to increased service area size.

If you are interested in finding out more about Itron’s FCS data collection systems, please contact our Electric Metering Team at electricmeterteam@generalpacific.com.

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