posted on Jun, 14 2013 @ 03:33 PM
Originally posted by fictitious
Thank you for your side of the story. It is nice to see, however, I also know that not all employees are privy to all information. Just think how many
people at Verizon or Google thought it wasn't possible to data-mine so much. They didn't see it in the code because, well, they weren't the coders.
See the difference here is that I'm more on the data side of things. While part of my job means working with the communication network, the main part
of my job is taking all the raw data from the meters and turning it into information. I have access to every single bit (and byte) of data stored in
the meters. I have signed a nondisclosure with the meter manufacturers and they provided us with everything from the basic-level language needed to
communicate with the meters to the encryption keys needed to decode the communication. I can go into much detail about how these meters communicate,
registers and so on and so forth. But it is quite boring and I don't want to run the risk of breaking the nondisclosure. The bottom line is - and you
can take my word for this - the meters do not store any information about you that can be harmful to you.
Also, whatever technology is in the works of being installed, a newer technology 5X better is already being made. Whether or not these smart
meters have the current capability to data mine, they certainly will in the next year. Just look at XBoxs, new smart phones that pause when you look
away from it. It is tracking your moves, for "your" convenience. All that data gets stored, so why wouldn't a company buy that data for some use?
Why not? What use? I don't know, but all information can be used for evil just as much as for the good.
That is true. And with that same point you made your concerns null and void or at least pointless. If someone wants to spy on you or collect
information on you, they will. Anything you bring into your house is a potential thread to your privacy. Every other device they manufacture these
days is "Smart" and can connect to the internet. Smart TVs, mobile phones, gaming consoles, fridges, your GPS - heck, even your car. If you're
going to live in constant fear of your kitchen appliances spying on you, then you will have to stop buying new appliances. You should probably get rid
of everything that uses electricity and go back to using fire, carrier pigeons, horses and paraffin. Ask yourself if your paranoia is that strong yet?
And is it really worth that additional stress? Personally I love new technology. It makes life easier. Plain and simple.
Also, if they really wanted to spy on anyone through the electricity network, do you really think they would need the Smart Meters? For that matter
they could just leave all the meters as is (and avoid the questions and drama), and they could simply attach a device to your supply 2 meters outside
of your yard without you even knowing it. Or 20 meters down the street in the minisub. If I were to spy on people and gather all kinds of "evil
data" I would most definitely not use Smart Meters.
I certainly see the up-side for the company, but no necessarily the consumer. Our cost isn't reduced by these meters even though, here at least, the
company has less overhead after installing them. They gain profit and it never trickles down. Believe me, I'm no socialist, but if all this stuff is
regulated by the government, then by their way of thinking, the consumer should catch a break.
I have to agree. The benefits of Smart Meters for the companies/utilities are far greater than that of the consumer. Keep in mind that initially the
expense for the company is a lot as the Smart Meters are (at this point) quite expensive - at least a lot more expensive than the old non-digital
meters. But in the long run the companies are saving a lot on man-power. If the company doesn't give you any choice about the meter installation,
then they should be paying for - as I'm sure they do.
Again I cannot comment on your situation - but here everyone pays exactly the same rates irrespective of the type of meter they have. The only time
when you will probably pay more for your consumption after you've installed a Smart Meter, is if they implement time-of-use tariffs. I'm guessing
that they'll also implement a more expensive tariff for people that don't have a smart meter. But that you will have to take up with your local
counsel. It definitely isn't the fault of the Smart Meter and doesn't make it evil either.
To be completely blunt. From where I'm sitting - from the Smart Meter side of the fence - this fear of Smart Meters is absurd. But as I said before -
it is up to you to make up your own mind. I can only give you the facts, tell you that there is nothing to fear and leave the decision making up to