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An advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project contracted between the City of Port Angeles, Wash., and Atlanta-based smart meter company Mueller Systems is in serious trouble and will fail without significant changes, according to a consultancy hired by Port Angeles.

Last month, Port Angeles alleged that Mueller is in breach of contract because of persistent software issues. The city says the smart electricity and water meters do not consistently send accurate data to its servers, and the meters are being read manually. The city adds that full deployment has been delayed by at least a year and a half.

Chicago-based consultancy West Monroe Partners reports that Mueller "lacked the skills and expertise to complete installation and managed the project poorly," according to an article by the Peninsula Daily News.

West Monroe notes that Mueller must make changes to salvage the AMI project, which could add $1.9 million to Port Angeles' current $4.9 million contract with Mueller.

Read the full article by the Peninsula Daily News here.

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