Creating Meters

This topic explains how to create a Meter for collecting the data which you will use to set up usage-based pricing for your Products or data required for other business purposes.

Understanding Meter Options! We strongly recommend that you review the options available for configuring Meters before you attempt to create them. See Reviewing Meter Options.

To create a Meter:

1. Select Usage>Meters. The Meters page opens.

2. In the Product drop-down, select the Product for which you want to create the new Meter.

Tip: Global Meter? You can create a Global Meter, which is not tied to a specific Product if you want to charge across several Products on the basis of the usage data the Meter collects. If you remove the selection, (Global) will show for Product.

3. Select Create Meter. The Create page opens:

4. Enter the Meter details:

  • Name. Descriptive name for the Meter.

  • Code. Unique identifier for the Meter in the m3ter system. You will need this Code as a unique id when submitting API calls, such as a call to update a Meter.

5. Add the Data Fields you need to collect usage data. For example, a field to collect data on the volume of files stored on your service:

  • Name. Descriptive name for the field.

  • Code. Unique Identifier for field. You will need this Code as a unique id when submitting API calls, such as a call to submit measurements for this field.

  • Category. Defines what type of usage data you want to collect using this field. Select a Measure field type for this example.

  • Unit. Defines the unit of measure, which is GiBy for this example.

Important: Units of Measure? The units you use for your Data Fields should conform to The Unified Code for Units of Measure (UCUM), which is designed to facilitate the communication between electronic systems of quantities with their units. In our worked example, we therefore use GiBy as the unit for gigabytes stored.

6. Add any required Derived Fields or Custom Fields to the Meter:

7. Select Create. You are returned to the Meters page where your new Meter is listed.

Next: Derived Fields for Meters - Examples and Syntax