Informational Data Technologies (IDT) — a company that provides satellite-based management systems for rural utilities —launched its Harmony water management system. Harmony works with most major meter brands to provide daily automatic meter reading (AMR) over a satellite network.

The Harmony Water Management System consists of two primary parts connected through satellite communications: Harmony satellite field units and Harmony Cloud, a web application.

The field units are autonomous, internally powered meter reading devices, with a guaranteed 3,650 daily meter reads, giving an estimated 10-year battery life. Because they send data over satellite, no additional infrastructure is needed. It also offers two-way communication.

Meter data is accessed through the Harmony Cloud, available through a standard Internet browser and there is no special software to install. Backup and security for data are handled offsite, and using the software is as simple as using many common web pages. Billing data can be automatically imported to utilities' existing systems using standard data methods. A Web module offers complete billing functions, simplifying end-to-end customer relationships.