SNAPI AI Meter Reader

FAQs

Snapi captures the usage data as displayed on the digits or dials of the meter.

To detail how: The SNAPI reader takes a photo of the meter face and an onboard AI agent interprets the digits, converting them into numbers.

Examples

161767:

39803:

‘10 years’ is the short answer.

By design, our systems are engineered to last 15 years, capturing and transmitting a single meter reading each day in ideal conditions; however outdoor temperature fluctuations (which batteries typically dislike), mobile signal strength variations, and meter reading frequency are all factors which reduce battery life.

180 reads with associated verification images. If the communication module fails, this gives us 6 months of data which can be manually uploaded. 

Yes.

Capturing data from utility meters is the primary driver behind integrated ‘smart meter’ deployments by Utilities. Beyond cost savings, this shift to digital delivers operational efficiencies and customer benefits previously impossibly to realise. The challenge however is that smart meter rollouts are expensive and the process takes a long time. Moreover, these rollouts require licensed trades and have to account for the costs on unrealised ROI of the existing (analogue) assets which may not yet be close to their 20 year service life. These factors weigh heavily against the ‘digitisation’ business case, and this is where SNAPI fills the gap.

 By digitising your existing analogue assets ‘as a Service’, you can bank the full ROI on your existing assets, without a capital outlay, and are not bound to achieving further ROI on a newly installed asset. You’re free to digitise your existing assets immediately, giving them time to reach their 20 year EOL, while scheduling and budgeting for a staged integrated ‘smart meter’ rollout. You reap the benefits of a digitised system today, including bottom line savings, while progressively converting your assets to future smart technology options. Surely that’s good business?     

SNAPI is cheaper and devices are easier to install than all other systems.

Communication between the SNAPI device and the Client system is a two stage process. Firstly, the SNAPI device sends data to the SNAPI gateway where it is securely stored. From there, the data is either collected by or sent to the Client system.

SNAPI AI Meter Reader > SNAPI Gateway

NBIoT is our communications protocol of choice, however WiFi, LoRaWAN, Sigfox and most recently Myriota (using low earth orbit nanosatellites) are all options.

SNAPI Gateway > Client

The SNAPI RESTful API and SNAPI MQTT broker both send meter data to client systems.

Yes. Data is encrypted and securely transmitted. Besides being safe, your data is also anonymous, comprising only of the meter reading and your utility meters unique identifier.  

Snapi-captured data is stored in Australian data centres, and retained for 7 days after being sent to the utility provider.

You can ‘fetch’ your data using our API, or have it delivered by subscribing to the SNAPI MQTT broker. Data for each device can also be viewed in our online portal, the SNAPI Control Centre.

No.

The AI powered meter reading devices are designed with the sole purpose of reading digits and dials, and sending the numbers to our client systems for billing and analysis.

Given the simplicity of the application, there is no need to modify or update a functioning device.

If the device ceases to function as expected, it will be replaced. Besides, there are benefits of limiting remote access to our devices. For example, we’re immune to a FW update rendering the device inoperable, our devices are impervious to cyber-attack, and our battery life and data transmissions significantly benefits from not having additional workloads.

We digitise any meter that has human readable digits or dials. This includes traditional water, gas and electricity meters, but also industrial meters and gauges. The core technology (AI) can read a wide range of characters and dials.

In short, just one. And they’re practically identical. We’ve designed many external housings to securely attach our reader to the vast array of meter types, but the internal components across all models are practically identical. (A few models have larger batteries.)

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