September 22nd, 2011

color cycle (slow)


The City of Redmond employs drive-by water-meter readers.

This involves a team of two people and a city Jeep. One person is the driver. The other person is leaning out the window holding a thing on a stick that looks to all the world like a black golf club. Instead of smashing mailboxes, they're driving by black plates on the ground marked "WATER METER", slowing down, she-of-the-stick touches a circle on the plate with her implement, it goes "beep", and they drive on.

Modern RFID tech is impressively flexible. I'd just never seen a meter reading before. Looks like an efficient system.

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