Using the MRX920 data collector, the meter reader can now collect RF meter readings from the comfort of their utility vehicle. Designed with “hands free” capability, total reading time is significantly reduced since the meter reader can navigate the streets of the municipality at posted speed limits while simultaneously collecting meter readings. Meter reader safety is dramatically improved since most hazards such as slips/falls or aggressive dogs are mitigated. Meter reading success rates are almost always greater than 99%. Because of the improved efficiencies, utilities can consider reading more frequently than the billing cycle in order to proactively identify abnormal usage in the distribution system.