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Originally posted by tnhiker
I have been in the electrical engineering field for over 12 years, and currently work for a company that does testing and consulting for utilities. I have been aware of the smart grid, smart meters for years. I have read and participated in research on them and their safety. Most of my work has been testing stuff before it enters the market, and now advising utilities.
The first video posted is nothing more then an example of a person not knowing how the utilities maintain the service area. It has been sprayed with poison, probably by the utility during an inspection to keep the vines from getting in the meter panel. But it is definitely poison. The fruit tree could be a victim of anything, but it is not from a smart meter. Multiple studies from reputable independent companies have proven the output of the smart meters is negligible, and definitely distance oriented.
I have heard from so many utilities stories of people calling up and complaining about the smart meter causing headaches, and that they "started when that meter was installed" and even tell a date they think it was. 90% of the time the meters have been installed for a long period of time and the date the customer claims they were installed was probably the date they read about something on the internet.
Having said that, as proven in south Carolina, they are not a secure means of transferring or maintaining data. Anybody with the software(usually free), a opto coupler, and the manufacturers log in information(I have found some with the default user name and password still in) can access them if they know what they are doing.
Another thing about the smart meters that is more real, and less fantasy is the cost that it has required to install the smart meters will be retrieved by utilities by increased rates. Additionally some are talking of going to time of use billing, which smart meters will now allow. Meaning you would pay different rates at different times of day.
Smart meters have their problems, but being harmful is bunk.
Originally posted by Pilgrum
reply to post by beckybecky
Yes microwaves are dangerous but, as stated earlier, it's a matter of intensity and proximity that determines the degree of danger. A 'smart' meter is no more hazardous than a wifi router or a bluetooth device and decidedly less hazardous than a cell phone because of the proximity factor as the cellphone is very very close to your body most of the time and almost always within reach (in your pocket or on your belt). Even then, the evidence of harmful effects of cell phones is merely anecdotal with laboratory tests varying between negative and inconclusive.
You're right about propaganda but it's coming from the sort of people who worry about their digital TV spying on them, not the energy companies. You need to study up on how the spot energy market operates to find the answer as to why these meters are attractive to energy providers. Hint - it's to do with efficiency not radiation or spying.
I have a very simple but effective wideband EMR meter I constructed years ago for testing microwave oven radiation leaks and the strongest reading I ever observed on it was from my cell phone when I'd left it on the workbench next to the phone (by chance) and the phone did its periodic negotiation with the cell tower. Anything over a foot from the phone the reading is a virtual zero (inverse square law).
Anyone still truly concerned about smart meter emissions should just inspect their switchboard/meter box to see if it's a galvanised steel box (which I'll wager all are or at least all fairly modern ones). The steel back on the box will prevent any radiation (safe or harmful) coming through the wall into the premises. If the meter box does not have a steel back then you could ease your worries by fitting a small thin sheet of earthed steel in the wall behind the box as a very effective EMR shield.edit on 24/8/2013 by Pilgrum because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Pilgrum
reply to post by beckybecky
Please note that I used 'virtual zero' IE not enough energy to register on my meter but obviously sufficient to be received by a nearby cell tower. What I was trying to point out is that that the energy of that phone signal drops off dramatically with distance and, therefore, the claimed harmful effects of exposure to that signal fall off at the same rate (signal strength is inversely proportional to the distance from the source). When the phone is in your pocket you're periodically exposed to EMR stronger than any leak I ever observed from a (slightly) faulty microwave oven door seal yet there's still no firm proof of it being enough to cause harm. Unless you're within inches of the 'smart' meter most of the time it can't pose even as great a risk as your cell phone which is in your pocket, hand or against your ear nearly all the time apart from when it's being charged.
Perhaps some info on Faraday Cages will help in understanding how simple it can be to keep EMR (harmful or not) out of areas you want to be 'clean'. My home has a steel in the roof and a foil type insulation in the walls which (unintentionally) screens out EMR making cellphones and wifi etc very unreliable (even unusable) inside the house.
Ever tried to use a cell phone or GPS unit inside a building with steel reinforcement?
Hence my suggestion of a sheet of earthed metal between the meter box and the occupants to screen out EMR (harmful and benign) in a specific direction while still permitting contact with the meter reader from outside.
The dead plant around the meter box in the vid has obviously been sprayed with a weedkiller like glyphosphate to keep the area around the box clear. The claims of deadly radiation are just uninformed hype aimed at an uninformed audience.
ETA: I've never seen a plastic meter box in this country (thinking fire survivability being the main reason) but there are much older types which are basically timber lined with fireproof AC sheet that would be transparent to radio signals. A full steel box with a steel door would require an external antenna for wifi comms to work, or an RF transparent replacement door.
edit on 5/9/2013 by Pilgrum because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by charlyv
reply to post by Pilgrum
Why continue to feed someone that cannot digest it? Happens so much here. Ignore people that obviously have no engineering background, and just like to argue. They destroy good threads with ridiculous rhetoric.