Utility uses cellular phone to collect daily gas meter data. T.M. Whitaker and V. Palmiere. Pipeline Gas Ind., October 1995, 78(10), 49--50.
The use of cellular transceivers connected to an automated metering system is described as a cost saving procedure for monitoring and reporting gas consumption by interruptible consumers. Integration of cellular data technology into the existing metering system avoids the need for landline phone systems. The cellular-based system records consumption hourly and transmits the data on a daily basis. Improved flexibility is described and when customers no longer require gas flow at a given site the cellular transceiver is unplugged and transferred to another location.