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phoenixdave
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phoenixdave   1/5/2012 2:42:22 PM
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The wireless portion really only benefits the "meter readers" who are now able to drive by your house to "read" your meter.

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marcopol   1/5/2012 11:09:30 AM
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You are right. There should be more features added to make the investment into smart meters useful. But smart meters just measure the actual or cumulated power and store or provide this information. What you (or the electrical company) are doing with this information is completely up to you. A smart meter, even if the name doesn't make it obvious, is just a stupid metering device. It must be combined with smart home features, see last sentence of the article.

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wilber_xbox   12/25/2011 3:35:10 PM
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if this is true then its pretty worrisome. I wonder if companies and countries know about these risks then why there is no hue and cry.

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_hm   12/24/2011 1:50:07 PM
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Is it possible to use power-line communication to circumvent wireless radiation problems?

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Nazia Gadhia   12/24/2011 6:40:31 AM
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Smart meters available in the market currently serve half the purpose. The industry is developing and we are yet to see meters that are really useful on both ends - to one who has installed at their homes and also to the utility company. The meter should serve more than just a unit reader. It should give predictions on bills, energy usage, show history, control appliances (via phone, laptop and other smart devices), of course show time, have radio playing, view family photos and many more. It should be an integral part of the daily lives or else it would just serve as a part of kitchen drawer. Better examples can be viewed at: http://www.slssmarthome.com

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Dave.Dykstra   12/24/2011 5:30:34 AM
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While many smart meters may be wireless, they can also work through other systems that do not require use of very valuable bandwidth, or the use of excessive amounts of radiated power. We can hope that the proper ones will be deployed to improve things for all of us.

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daleste   12/24/2011 1:13:08 AM
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How can they be wireless meters when they are plugged into the main lines coming into my house? I don't see any advantage to having a smart meter. They installed one on my house about a year ago. Nothing for me. I guess it is easier for them to read the meter.

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DrFPGA   12/23/2011 7:28:48 PM
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Wireless meters are not next to your head however. Thankfully...

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agk   12/23/2011 11:17:35 AM
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smart meters can work through the mains lines or the fibre optic links.Soon there will be a increased volume usage of smart meters.

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eewiz   12/23/2011 5:56:15 AM
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100 times radiation of a cell phone! its hard to believe. Anyone knows what technology they use for wireless in smart meters? actually why do we need wireless at all in smart meters?

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