reply to post by Pilgrum
and it sounds like you live in a place other than north america. and are talking about a different meter alltogether.
none of the meters we are discussing are "pay as you go"
and the power company has already stated that they can and are turning specific things on/off remotely.
i.e your on vacation and your fans or air conditioning are left running. they turn it off for you. this has already happened to me.
on top of that, where i live you can log onto the power companies website, access your account, and view specific usage. you can see how much
Television your watching monthly, you can see if your leaving your lights onn too often, you can see if your refrigerator is running (haha sorry
. they even have the commercials on tv where the dad is scolding the daughter for watching too much tv and hes says "now with these new smart
meters i can be a power cop" or something equally lame.
this is allegedly how they "save you money"
the meter does nothing but report the information to the power company via new wireless infrastructure, instead of an employee physically going to the
the thing most folks are afraid of is that because the wireless infrastructure is so insecure, not only the power company but hackers can control
things remotely to. if you would just click a few of the links in the thread and read the articles you would already know this has been proven many
times over. multiple security companies have proven this (in america)
the old meters had no input and therefore no security risk.(or health for that matter)
the new meters not only have input but they are constantly broadcasting an output. meaning not only the power company is monitoring specific usage but
anybody with enough knowledge and free time can do the same. we can speculate as to who would do such a thing...corporations....criminals...vindictive
one of the security companies that attacked these things in california said they were even able to make a "virus" that could spread to 35,000 meters
in 1 day.
in a way your right, there is nothing smart about the meter. the term "smart" applies more to the human being monitoring the meter.
3-9-2011 by RelentlessLurker because: changed a word