How to Save Time & Money with Mobile Water Meter Reading
Smart home technology continues to become more commonplace. As a result, smart utility management has improved with processes such as mobile water meter reading. Water meter reading apps can help homeowners and businesses to monitor and manage their water usage. This makes it easier to reduce waste usage and budget accordingly.
Anyline can read your water meter by scanning your reading. You just need to point your mobile device at the meter display and then upload the result to your water management service.
This is an efficient and accurate alternative to traditional water meter reading processes. Better still, it provides a much better user experience for customers and allows them to take control of their water usage. It’s also accurate, quick and simple to perform on a daily or weekly basis. Once customers adopt these methods, they’ll find more opportunities to optimize their water usage and save money.
Learn more about mobile scanning below. Find out how it can streamline your UX and give customers more flexibility and control over their water usage.
Mobile Water Meter Reading is More Accurate Than Self-Reported Meter Readings
One of the biggest water management problems in the utilities industry is inaccurate readings. That’s because they can lead to inaccurate billing and customer complaints. On top of that, there’s the issue of paying staff to process inaccurate readings that can be disputed later by customers. As a service provider, delivering services as desired and billing customers correctly should be your number one priority.
Accurate Scanning Means Accurate Processes
Mobile scanning presents opportunities to streamline parts of your business that have yet to be digitized. If you’re digitally transforming your business, make sure to consider how accurate your current processes are.
Using low quality data collection methods can affect your entire business. In fact, it has been shown to cost the US economy $3 trillion per year. By adding mobile scanning to your water meter reading app, you’ll improve data quality and negate the effects of poor data collection in your processes.
Both Customers and Technicians Are Capable of Submitting False Readings
Without smart meters, it can be hard to collect accurate data without sending your technicians out to read every meter. Time has shown that customers, as a group, aren’t capable of submitting accurate readings. And there are many reasons for this.
The most basic reason for a false reading is distraction. Whether they’re speaking with a family member or they have something on their minds, everyone is capable of making a simple writing mistake. Especially when performing a task you don’t do that often.
Another cause of false readings is that customers will sometimes have illegible handwriting. In either one of these scenarios, water providers generally need to send a technician to the home to take a professional reading.
And like our customer, the technician is also capable of making a basic typing or writing mistake. The truth is, anytime you have people performing manual data entry, mistakes are going to be made. And this is frustrating for both customers and service providers. In fact, it costs customers time and service providers money.
Mobile Water Meter Reading is Better Than Sending a Meter Reading By Post
Thankfully, mobile scanning from Anyline offers a better solution. Our mobile OCR technology is capable of scanning at a much higher accuracy than people. In laboratory settings, we’ve found that Anyline has an accuracy of +99%. With both technicians and customers adopting mobile scanning, things like distraction, stress and handwriting can no longer affect your meter reading processes.
Instead, Anyline’s mobile technology will take an instant scan of your water meter reading. Your customer or technician can then instantly upload the result to your service provider’s backend for reference and billing. In this scenario, both customers and technicians are free to think about less mundane tasks. Mobile OCR takes care of readings for them.
Knowing that your readings will be accurately recorded improves the UX of a mobile water meter reading app for customers. They no longer need to post water meter readings to their service provider and then wait days or weeks for a response confirming their reading. Instead they can perform, submit and confirm meter readings in an instant with mobile scanning.
Perform Mobile Water Meter Readings From Any Location
Agility is one of the biggest benefits of mobile technology. Nowadays, a lot of us carry mobile devices with us that rival the desktop computers of 10 years ago. This means we have a lot more computational power at our fingertips now than we used to have at our desks.
In many cases however, we’re yet to take advantage of this power. Anyline looks to change this with the advanced agility it offers. You can use it to perform instant water meter readings in any location, even without an internet connection.
Scan Water Meter Readings Without an Internet Connection
Unlike many other mobile OCR solutions, Anyline doesn’t use cloud computing to process your scan. Anyline uses your phone’s internal computing power to accurately perform scans. This has a number of advantages for your customers.
For starters, not needing an active internet connection during scanning means your customers can perform scans wherever they go. This is a great advantage to have when many water meters are located in basements and cellars that don’t have internet access. Your customers can still take their water meter reading and upload the result once they regain internet access.
With the option of performing scans whenever and wherever you like, customers and staff can engage in mobile water meter reading without technical restrictions.
Replace Dedicated Devices in Your Workforce
Another great benefit of mobile scanning is that it can replace dedicated devices amongst your workforce. A high quality mobile device has a range of advantages when compared with dedicated devices. They can match the agility of dedicated devices but they can be used for multiple purposes thanks to their increased computing power. Plus, they can be repurposed with ease if your use cases or processes change.
On top of that, your workforce is used to carrying mobile devices with them. They’ve learned how to use mobile apps without formal training or instruction before. This makes mobile water meter reading apps quick, easy and cheap to roll out to your workforce.
Mobile devices are also easier to service, charge and maintain than dedicated devices. And with the accuracy and versatility of Anyline, you can avoid spending money on dedicated devices for future processes.
You Can Use Anyline to Manage Smart Meter Switchovers
Smart meters are being introduced around the world to help people manage their water usage better. Smart meters can help you to save water and form part of the internet of things that will help to create the smart homes of the future. However, most customers of water providers are yet to adopt smart water meters.
One of the biggest roadblocks to adoption of smart meters is the smart meter switchover process. Meter switchover requires extensive and accurate documentation to be successfully completed. The location, ID and current reading of the old meter must all be documented before you can start installing a new meter.
As we’ve seen before, both customers and technicians are guilty of taking false readings. If they struggle to report water meter readings, then they’re bound to struggle when they need to provide multiple codes and details.
Manage and Install Smart Water Meters with Mobile Scanning
Anyline offers a number of modules for mobile scanning. This makes it the perfect tool for managing your smart meter switchovers. Your customers and workforce can use it to scan the barcodes used to identify meters. The GPS data of the scan can be used to find and confirm the location of the meter. And finally, Anyline can read the meter and record the latest water usage information from that home or business.
With all this information, it’s much simpler to install smart meters and transition to digital processes and smart home technology.
Find Out How Symvaro Created a Smart Solution for Water Management
Symvaro provides urban habitats with modern technology, apps and software, that make everyday life easier. The company found several ways to simplify the complex processes surrounding water meters. They found that water meter reading needed a practical solution that would let users quickly register data, as well as reduce typing errors and time waste. Out of the multiple requirements from the water sector, the perfect solution was created, WATERLOO.
Digitizing the Water Sector with WATERLOO
WATERLOO is a key tool for the management of water meter reading and exchange, as it helps in the various phases of the water meter lifecycle:
- recording meters in stock,
- the exchange of old meters and the installation of new water meters,
- reading and collecting data via staff members and/or customers,
- the statistical analysis of water meter data
- and more…
Manage the Water Meter Lifecycle With Just One Tool
By integrating Anyline, Symvaro managed to avoid typing mistakes and streamline their processes. Anyline offers reliable scanning that can be uploaded securely. A bonus for water management systems is the ability to send a photo of the scanned meter along with the scan data for verification at a later date. Most importantly, all the valuable scan data automatically lands in the WATERLOO Management Center.
WATERLOO is simple to use and saves resources in water meter reading and exchange processes. It removes the need for annoying paperwork and eliminates the writing and typing errors that occur in manual data collection. You can seamlessly integrate Anyline into different billing systems as well. Best of all, it’s simple for customers to access and view water usage data with WATERLOO and make the best decisions about their daily usage. This solution really brings water management, whether for the home or business, into the digital age.
Anyline is a key part of this functionality and helps to improve the efficiency and UX of the app.
Anyline is a Gartner Cool Vendor
Gartner, the world wide research institute famous for creating the hype cycle model to predict the maturity of emerging technologies, named Anyline as a Cool Vendor for supply chain execution in 2018.
Gartner Cool Vendors exist across all major areas of technology innovation. Those that stand out, do so because they offer some disruptive capability or opportunity. Anyline has been listed as a Cool Vendor because of their mobile OCR technology. This technology is backed by artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide the most accurate scan possible.
“This is a huge success for us. Gartner are one of the best known research institutes in the tech industry. Their work on the “Magic Quadrant” and the “Hype Cycle” have helped to guide companies for years. Growing enterprises around the world rely on the analysis and reports they provide to choose only the best service providers. To be recognized by them is to receive the gold standard of approval within our field.”
– Anyline CEO, Lukas Kinigadner.
Anyline was recognized by Gartner because our technology supports the digitization of all kinds of data. By removing typing and manual data entry from everyday processes, you can save time, money and resources while also improving your data quality.
Test Your Use Case with the Anyline OCR Scanner App
You can test Anyline’s mobile scanning technology for yourself with our demo App. The Anyline OCR Scanner is a free app available on the App Store and Google Play that will help you to assess your scanning use cases. It includes more than 10 scanning solutions, works offline and has a +99% scan accuracy!
Check it out now and discover the potential to streamline your processes and services with your smartphone!
Try it for Yourself – Start Your Free Anyline Demo Now
Anyline’s mobile scanning technology is available to integrate with your mobile app as a cross-platform SDK. Test out our fully supported solutions on Android, iOS and Windows devices today. Download our SDK and begin your 30-day free trial to see how mobile scanning can revolutionize your services and processes!
The SDK demo includes access to all of the following solutions:
- License plate scanning
- Passport MRZ scanning
- Utility meter scanning
- Serial number scanning
- Document scanning
- Driving license scanning
- And more!
Don’t see a solution for your scanning use case? Get in touch now to discuss your solution!
Add Mobile Scanning to Your Water Meter Reading Processes!
Mobile scanning helps you bridge the gap between your analog and digital data. You can optimize time-intensive processes and remove redundant tasks from the daily routine of your business in an instant.
Talk to the Anyline team today and find out how you can save time & money with mobile text recognition technology. Our utility meter scanning solution is fully supported and ready for deployment in your app!
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