Trident Network presents the Trident MeterReader™

Meter Reading without Boundaries.

Trident Network designs equipment and components that enable commercial & industrial customers to sub-meter water, electric or gas consuming usage frequently and remotely. The key to our product line is our MeterReader™, which currently reads Itron-enabled meters, eliminating all boundaries to meter reading. In 2015 our capabilities expanded to read other manufacturers’ 900MHz transmitters, giving you more flexibility to meet your sub-metering needs.

Trident Network MeterReader™

MeterReader

Meter reading without boundaries.

Trident Network enables commercial and industrial companies to manage water, gas and electric consumption through the use of unique technology and data collection services. Installing theMeterReader™ and monitoring the usage of energy resources helps companies raise their financial and operational efficiency and achieve LEED certification goals.

With the advancement in Solar PV modules, Trident Network’s C&I Metering can generate the internal power needed for today’s environments. With a rechargeable battery and solar charge control you can be confident when the Trident Network MeterReader™ is deployed in the field.

 

Features:

  • Universal AC input full range with battery backup or Solar PV Option
  • Protections: Short circuit / Overload / Over voltage cooling by free air convection
  • LED indicator for power on
  • Long life electrolytic capacitors to withstand 300VAC surge input for 5 seconds
  • High operating temperature up to 70°C (158° F)
  • High efficiency, long life and high reliability
  • Weatherproof Nema 3R / IP54, UV resistant, outdoor polycarbonate enclosure
  • Wall or pole mount with 3 weatherproof universal cable feed-thru grommets
  • Fastrack Xtend Edge series Sierra Wireless Quad Band radio for superior access
  • Air Interface GSM/GPRS/EDGE and 3G
  • Frequency Bands 850/900/1800/1900
  • 12 month limited repair warranty *Read warranty limitations in product literature
  • High efficient Series PWM charging, increases the battery lifetime and improves the system performance
  • 7 to 9ah battery maximum L 6” W 2.56” H 3.7”

 

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Who is Trident Network?

Trident Network is a Texas based Systems Integration-Manufacturer, focused on customers who operate cooling towers, evaporative condensers, unmetered irrigation systems, large humidifiers, or high volume ice machines – any process that results in the evaporation of water or diversion from the sanitary sewer system. Our company provides remote meter reading, data collection and Internet based solutions supporting customers throughout North America. Our technology is unique in the market and optimized to deliver high quality, useful data to our customer base in the USA and Canada. Our MeterReader™ provides remote RF metering communications for Cooling Tower Sub-Meters, Transducers, and other devices. The Trident Network MeterReader™ delivers complete customer communication from the monitored device to any point Globally as long as there is an Internet connection. Trident Network is a full service Systems Integrator providing product, installation, and consulting services for commercial and industrial customers.

 

 

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earn evaporation credits

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Are your profits evaporating?

In most cities in the USA, water utility customers are billed for water and sewage at the same volume. Cities assume the volume of water that comes in to the facility is the same as the outflow and customers are billed accordingly. Evaporation in equipment such as cooling towers, evaporative condensers, large humidifiers, or swimming pools is not considered. This is where Trident Network can help. Benefits can include significant long-term savings through an evaporation credit program, lower energy bills as a result of daily consumption rate monitoring, and the possibility to earn points toward LEED Certification. Major big box retailers are saving more than $500,000 a year with this technology.

 

THE Benefits to teaming up with Trident NETWORK:

  • Significant Long-Term Savings through Evaporation Credit Program
  • Lower Energy Bills as a Result of Daily Consumption Rate Monitoring
  • Increased Quality Monitoring, Outage Prevention and Load Planning
  • Increased Meter Reading Frequency and Monitoring
  • Earn points toward LEED Certification

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Capturing evaporation credits

Challenge

Is it possible to reduce sewer costs in a facility that operates a cooling tower, evaporative condenser, irrigation system, or large humidifier? Many water and sewer utilities offer sewer deducts or evaporation credits if the facility meets their requirements for metering or sub-metering. In most cases, a small investment in equipment and operating procedures is necessary.

Some water utilities require their customers to purchase and install the utilities’ sub-meters. Others will require the customer to purchase, install and maintain their own sub-meters, read the sub-meters periodically, and report the readings to the utility. Failure to report as required can result in the site being pulled from the program forfeiting all future credits. Identifying your local utility’s procedures can be tedious and time consuming.

One major big-box retailer had over 300 cooling towers in service with less than 10% realizing evaporation credits. Working with the retailer’s Facility Maintenance team, a program was established to maximize credits in as many sites as possible.

 

Best Practice

Where allowed by local sewer authorities or municipal water companies, sub-metering a cooling tower or evaporative condenser is the most effective method of capturing evaporation credits or sewer deducts. Some cities require one sub-meter on the tower makeup line, while many also require a second sub-meter on the tower bleed or blow-down. In rare instances, a third sub-meter may also be required on the tower drain or overflow line.

Many water utilities will read cooling tower sub-meters with their own equipment or meter readers. In cities where the customer is required to read sub-meters, Trident Network’s MeterReader™ is very effective. The MeterReader™ transmits meter readings via cellular connection, eliminating the need to install costly network cables to the penthouse or equipment room of the building.

Trident’s MeterReader™ can be very useful for every cooling tower by providing daily monitoring of the tower’s water flow. Failed bleed or blow-down solenoids can be identified, as well as broken or stuck fill valves. Tower cycles can also be calculated to determine the effectiveness of the water treatment program. Early detection of water flow issues can result in direct savings in water consumption.

 

Results

Evaporation credits can apply to retailers, hospitals, property management firms, hotels, grocery chains, data centers, and any business that operates cooling towers, evaporative condensers, irrigation systems or large humidifiers. The investment in time and equipment will range from a letter to a sewer authority to engineered drawings, application fees, sub-meters, remote transmitter, and a backflow preventer. Total project costs are generally low with Return on Investment (ROI) averaging 10 to 14 months. Actual ROIs may vary from 2 months to 24 months depending on factors such as tower size, hours of operation, climate, sewer rates, equipment required, etc.

 

Verification of Efficiency and Savings Captured

Water and sewer charges are reviewed annually for each site in the program. The major big-box retailer referenced above now has 89 sites in their program with annual savings over $500,000. Annual savings will continue to grow as sewer rates increase across the country. Average (ROI) has been under one year, with some sites coming in at two months and others at twenty-four months. Costs vary depending on local requirements and equipment needed. Each site was evaluated individually.

In addition to reduced sewer charges, several equipment malfunctions were identified during the cooling season including:

  1. FL – makeup and blow-down volume almost same daily. Found bad flow switch – replaced and problem resolved.
  2. CA – no flow on blow-down meter. Found overflow drain had been cut and re-routed with sump pump to alternate drain. Chemical treatment program not effective risking  fouling of chiller tubes.
  3. FL – Customer’s manual meter reading process stopped after personnel changes. MeterReader™ and new meter installed to capture credits going forward – annual savings approximately $9,734.

Billing issues were also found during the season as a result of annual reviews of each site:

  1. WA – Monthly sewer credits found to be extremely low. A several week investigation found City miscalculating credits each month for 3 years. Resulting credit was $5,910.
  2. MD – Sub-meter installed, but not entered into utilities customer billing system. No credits issued. Correction produced a $2,950 credit.
  3. OH – Review of credits found City’s billing system had omitted credits for much of the year. Resulting credit was $1,169.

 

Summary

Evaporation credits can produce substantial savings and free up capital for energy projects or other equipment replacements. A small investment can prevent profits from evaporating and reduce water and sewer expenses. In addition, LEED points could be available for sub-metering cooling towers.

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