SMART METERS AND Ultrasonic Energy & Audible Noise

United Arab Emirates refer to smart meters as ultrasonic energy. (See article posted below,  Fewa begins phasing out water meters).  The utilities in the USA would never use that term in the same sentence as benign, safe, poses no health risks!!!!

Let’s call a spade, a spade, folks.  The noise pollution exposure is 24/7 non-stop!!!

Sandaura

EXCERPTS FROM:  Effects of Ultrasonics on Health

Ultrasonic Energy & Audible Noise

The human ear cannot respond mechanically to airborne ultrasonic energy; it therefore is inaudible.  The associated audible noise and lower frequency subharmonics can in extreme cases, be disturbing, causing hearing discomfort, occasionally nausea, and sometimes a temporary shift in the threshold of hearing (sound pressure level, or loudness, that can be heard).

Many countries control the amount of audible noise that a worker can receive. In the United States 90 dBA (“A”= international “A” scale) noise level can be maintained continuously for 8 hours. Higher noise levels are permissible for shorter periods of time, typically:

HEALTH EFFECTS OF ULTRASONIC ENERGY

Cardiac Pacemakers and Ultrasonic Energy

Pacemakers are not affected by airborne ultrasonic energy, but may be affected by electromagnetic energy. All equipment capable of generating ultrasonic energy also produces electromagnetic energy (usually in the radio frequency range). All Dukane ultrasonic equipment must comply with Federal Communications Commission regulations specifying limits on the conducted and radiated energy which may emanate from the equipment.

There are many types and kinds of pacemakers. It is not known to what extent the different types are sensitive to various levels of electromagnetic energy. Until more is known about pacemaker reaction to R.F. emission, it would be prudent not to place workers with pacemakers near ultrasonic equipment. A report discussing R.F. emission is: “The Biological Significance of Radio Frequency Radiation Emission on Cardiac Pacemakers,”

Report SAM-TR-76-4; USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks Air Force Base,

Texas 78235.

Ultrasonic Energy   http://www.dukane.com/us/Documents/TechNote/US_HealthEffects.pdf

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Fewa begins phasing out water meters

RAS AL KHAIMAH // The Federal Electricity and Water Authority has replaced 40,000 water meters with smart meters as part of phase one of a four-year upgrade plan.

A total of 200,000 meters are expected to be replaced across Fewa-controlled areas as part of the plan to upgrade to highly accurate ultra-sonic smart meters that allow remote readings. The plan will affect 60,000 customers in RAK and 140,000 in other areas that use Fewa.

Mohamad Saleh, director general of Fewa, said that if any new meter proved to be faulty, the bill would be waived and that any erroneous readings would lead to an immediate inspection.

Technicians will inspect all meters using sophisticated lab equipment and bills will be formulated by comparing the lab results with past average consumption and the nature of use, The National’s Arabic sister paper, Al Ittihad, reported.

Reports of excessive bills from complaining residents has led to calls for a quick replacement of meters.

newsdesk@thenational.ae

 

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