NIPSCO will be upgrading the way it reads natural gas and electric meters.
The company is installing an Automated Meter Reading System which will allow employees to gather monthly readings through a receiver mounted in a NIPSCO vehicle. This eliminates the need for employees going door to door to read more than 900,000 meters a month. It also takes out obstacles the employees face that include inclement weather, dog bites and tripping hazards.
The new technology will be installed on all meters across NIPSCO’s service area by 2016. The installation process will begin in February and it will be done at no charge to the customer and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
The technicians will be wearing photo identification, uniforms and will drive marked vehicles.