"Smart meter" is a promotional code name for wireless Gas, electric and water usage meters that are now being installed, around the world, instead of the good old analog mechanical meters. These smart and radiating meters collect and process all the data of the costumer's usage and then send it over to the utility company headquarters using wireless technologies (and by that radiating people) or as ADSL over the electric wires (PLC - and by that creating dirty electricity). In some of the meters, especially when remote controls of the usage and problems finder services are available the meter will send the data every couple of seconds. In addition some wireless meters can receive transmissions form a neighboring meter and transmit the data forward to the nearest collector and by that emitting even more radio frequency electromagnetic radiation for longer periods of time . In some meters there is also the possibility to communicate (wirelessly) to home appliances, again transmitting RF EMR more often and for longer periods of time exposing people that live next to the meter to more RF EMR for longer periods of time.
Picture – Not smart, Not healthy, Not green and Not privat smart meters, from the USA anti smart meter protest site http://stopsmartmeters.org
Some of the smart meters use wireless(RF) or cellular technologies (3G/GPRS) to communicate (2 way communication) and to pass all the usage data to the company headquarters. By that These smart meters become radio frequency electromagnetic radiation sources and also use more bandwidth of the cellular and wireless networks increasing the need for more cellphone and wireless antennas and increasing the EMR pollution in our environment.
Other types of smart meters communicate over the electric wires(PLC). These smart meters produce dirty electricity in and outside the house. Dirty electricity is a high frequency noise that is passed over the electric wires. Dirty electricity is suspected to have a negative effect on human health.
These smart and radiating meters communicate the usage data to the company headquarters do it either by using the existing cellular network or by using a separated, new, wireless networks also known as the smart grid. In both cases this means taking more and more bandwidth and increasing the need for more antennas and transmitters (collectors in case of a separated network). It also means more environmental radiation and more people that will be exposed to more RF EMR for longer periods of time. Please note that in digital wireless communication both the radiating smart meter and the wireless collector receive and transmit, so both of them emit RF EMR, The saying "it only receives, so there is no radiation" does not apply here.
Picture – 2 way digital wireless communication over the smart grid
In many cases, both in formal and informal publications industry spokesmen say that the smart meters radiate only for a fraction of a second and in levels that are much lower than a normal cellphone. In reality, measurements show that the meters transmit and radiate between 6-10 times in every minute and for several seconds each time. The radiation levels that where measured 1 meter away from the meter were several times higher than a GSM cellphone.
This Video clip addresses these publications, measure several smart meters and compares them to GSM and 3G phones. The full story is available on: http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/09/04/comparing-cell-phone-and-smart-meter-radiation/
Video - smart meters' measurement in Texas, USA shows they transmit every 12- 20 seconds.
Video – comparing smart meters radiation and cellphone radiation
Video - RF radiation measured from a bank/cluster of smart meters in the USA (from 03:38)
In addition to the increase of the environmental RF levels, the personal exposure to RF of people living next to where these meters were or will be installe has or will increased. Smart and radiating meters are usually installed on the external wall of the house, in the electric cabinet, in clusters of many smart meters in service rooms or outside the building. The proximity of these meters to apartments and places where people live and work increase these people exposure to Radio Frequency radiation. The exposure is the highest next to smart meter's clusters or when the smart meters are installed inside apartment or next to the bed room.
The utility companies offer their customers real time usage tracking services via web sites, leakage pipes and faulty wiring detection, and electric appliances control services that make use of the bi directional wireless communication to and from the smart radiating meters. In order to allow these services the meters has to receive and transmit almost constantly, to and from the smart grid and to and from electric appliances in the house. This results in more frequent RF radiation transmissions for longer periods of time, making both the meters and home appliances wireless hotspots and sources of RF radiation.
Link – a web page about advanced services and options of smart meters: http://www.geappliances.com/home-energy-manager/about-energy-monitors.htm
In the picture – Home electric appliances transmitting and radiating to the smart and radiating meters, from GE web site.
Apart of radiation exposure there is also some privacy issues. The smart meter can collect, store and pass data about customer's usage. The utilities companies can collect this data and can make use of it whenever they want. They can detect the type of electric appliances you have, the time you are home, and gather more useful info on you and your life style. In addition this info can make its way to a third party who can then make use of it in many ways. This issue is a big privacy and security risk.
Link – a post on the IEEE blog about privacy on the smart grid http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/the-smarter-grid/privacy-on-the-smart-grid
Picture - the utility company can know which appliance you use, when and how oftern. From the IEEE website.
Since the smart and radiating meters are not simple mechanical devices, but highly complicated electronic devices with wireless capabilities, there is a clear danger of overheating and unit meltdown. In the use many meters where reported to catch on fire and cased the wooden walls there were installed on to burn down, sometimes taking all the house with it.
Picture – smart and radiating meter that burned down the house from: http://stopsmartmeters.org
Video – smart and radiating meter catching on fire.
Smart meters are promoted as a means to control and reduce customer expenses over his energy and water bills. This is supposed to happen since the customer who uses the smart and radiating meters now have a better way to control their usage, because of different rates for different parts of the day and because the meters will alert the customers of pipe problems, leakage and critical over use. In reality many customers have complained that their bills have only gone up because of errors in process of the usage data and other types of overcharging.
Link – article in the San Francisco CBS local news about smart meters overheating and overcharging: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/05/03/overheated-pge-smartmeters-overcharging-customers/
The companies that manufacture and deploy these smart and radiating meters declare that the meters are safe to use and are compliant with the most protective safety standards that are used today for RF radiation, like the ICRNIRP safety standard. They also claim that the RF levels that emitt from these smart and radiating meters are safe. I would like to remind you all that the ICNIRP standard for RF radiation Takes into account only the heat effect of the RF radiating and it is based on the IEEE standard that dismiss any health effect of RF radiation over human and living tissue and that is in contrast to the WHO/IARC resolution from 2011 that RF radiation is a possible carcinogen in humans. The WHO resolution is supported by the EU assembly resolution and The Russian National Committee on Non-ionizing radiation protection, both published few days before the WHO’s resolution, and by many studies that show added risk of getting brain cancer in cell phone users and adverse biological effects in living tissues exposed to radiation levels much lower than the thermal levels or ICRNIPR so called “safety” standard. Just as a reminder the ICNIRP so called safety standard for RF radiation at the frequency of 900MHZ is 450uW/cm2 (!!!) while the strict standard in the world (city of Salzburg -Austria) is only 0.1uW/cm2 and while studies showed that DNA breaks happen in non thermal levels.
Many people, that have smart radiating meters which were installed in and on their homes, started complaining about negative symptoms and health effects, including RF radiation sickness and EHS symptoms. People that are at potentially high risk are people who have cancer, Electromagnetic hyper sensitive people, people who suffer from autoimmune sickness, kids and old people. In some cases, in which the wireless meters where changed with PLC meters (that communicate over the power line and not wirelessly) that may cause dirty electricity, people still reported health symptoms like headaches, chronic fatigue, dizziness and other RF radiation sickness symptoms.
Video: reports of people that experienced negative health effects after the installation of smart and radiating meters.
In many countries the deployment of smart and radiating meters in underway. In countries like USA, Canada and England the deployment started few years back, mostly last year at 2011. In these countries people already started protesting about the smart meters and reporting health problems both from the wireless meters and the PLC meters.
The protest against smart and radiating meters started in the US. Worried citizens, EHS people, RF health risk awareness activists, civil rights activists, over charged customers all were united in the protest that aimed to stop the deployment of these smart and radiating meters and to remove the new RF source out of their house. Reports of the protest made their way to Canada, England and France in which similar protest groups were formed. Recently the US protest has won a great achievement when the utility company PG&E agreed to allow their customers to stay with their good old analog not radiating gas and electric smart meters, something that few weeks ago seemed to be impossible.
Picture – a cluster of analog gas meters with notes and request not to install new wireless smart meters: http://turn.org/article.php?id=1154
If we put the privacy issue aside for a minute, the RF radiation issues could have been solved if the smart meters would have use wired interfaces. It is possible to connect all these meters to a wired communication network. A wired technology will also reduce the cost of the meters since the parts and infrastructure are cheaper. Wired technology is also more secure than wireless technology. Over a wired smart grid it would be possible to have all the features that the wireless smart grid is suppose to have, plus no health effects and more security.
As a citizen and a customer your rights and actions possibly may differ from one country to the other and from one situation to the other. We at www.norad4u.com suggest you to contact the anti smart meter group for advice, to contact your local administration and parliament representative with the issues.
In any case you can print a note and a warning asking not to install a smart meter and put it next to your old analogye meters. If the smart and radiating meters have already been installed, we suggest to measure the radiation in your house in order to see if the radiation emitted from the smart meter penetrates the walls. If this is the case you might want to install some blocking materials over the walls that face the meters.
Please also find the page "smart meter action kit in http://citizensforsafetechnology.com website - http://citizensforsafetechnology.com/smart-meter-action-kit-in-communities-governments,73,0Or The "Actions you can take" page at stopsmartmeters.org http://stopsmartmeters.org/how-you-can-stop-smart-meters/
Print and post on your good old analog meter
First I recommend on clearing the room behind the meter.
Second, get an RF meter (like this one http://www.norad4u.com/monitor/home-emr-meters#TOC-CORNET-ED75-) and measure the RF that manage to penetrate the walls.
If the walls are made of concrete or stone, most of the RF will be blocked, if the walls are made of wood, or other light material, most of the RF will mange to penetrate it.
Then I suggest to try and block the RF from penetrating the walls. You can buy an RF blocking paint (like this one: http://www.norad4u.com/emr-protection/rf-protection#TOC-RF-blocking-paint ) and paint the wall on which the meter is installed (paint from the inside, use a grounding kid). Measure the RF levels again, if needed put a second lair of paint. The levels in bedrooms should be as close to 0.001 mW/m2 as possible. Do this for every wall the RF manage to come in.
If you would like to buy the paint and meters I can recommend of a web store that make world wide delivery.
Canada - http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.ca/
Australia - http://stopsmartmeters.com.au/
Daniel Hirsch about the wrong calculations of the radiating levels being emitted from the smart meters.- http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/20/daniel-hirsch-on-ccsts-fuzzy-math/
The Guardian -"Smart meters can be vulnerable to attack by computer viruses and there are other concerns about data security, but effective safeguards are essential if customers are to be persuaded of the technology's benefits." - http://www.guardian.co.uk/smart-revolution/safe-smart-metering
England - "Smart meters `could end up costing billpayers more`" -http://www.thinkmoney.com/debt/news/smart-meters-could-end-up-costing-billpayers-more-0-4350.htm
Australia - "Plug pulled on smart meter plan" - http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/plug-pulled-on-smart-meter-plan-20100322-qrdc.html
Austrlia - "An explosive investigation into the massive mistakes being made with power bills reveals serious flaws that affect nearly every electricity user." - http://au.news.yahoo.com/today-tonight/money/article/-/10241945/power-scandal-exposed/#video
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