Advanced Metering Infrastructure refers to an integrated system that links various energy devices such electricity meters, water meters, and gas meters in order to trace patterns of energy usage across residential, industrial, and commercial longitudes. Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) combines the synergies of hardware and software systems, customer associated systems, communication systems, meter data management (MDM) software, and network distribution business systems. Smart grids and smart meters are two of the most integral components of AMI.
A robust communication network exists between measurement devices and business units, and this enables businesses to view energy consumption patterns, provide demand response solutions, or participate in developing products or solutions.
The provision of information regarding energy consumption to customers helps in saving energy, preventing wastage, and reducing losses. AMI helps towards lowering energy usage during peak-demand periods, higher wholesale periods, or during periods of low operational efficiency.