AGL released their plans for Smart Meter installation in South Australian and NSW homes

Smart meters are coming to South Australia and NSW

AU News: AGL released plans for smart meter installation in South Australia and NSW homes

AGL released their plans for Smart Meter installation in South Australian and NSW homes

Australian News:
Victoria was the trial state, Tasmania made it optional but didn’t confirm health was at risk with a smart meter installation. Now South Australia and New South Wales seem to get the focus.

Despite the fact that AGL decided to hide the term ‘smart meters’ in their FAQ page, it is now clearly spelled out on their website: Smart meters are coming to SA and NSW! Billing accuracy and monitoring are being sold to their customers as benefits. There have been many stories about raised bills with smart meters and very few of them actually lowering bills, so be careful there.

It seems the term ‘Smart Meter’, which now has much negativity associated with it, is being avoided as much as possible to not alarm customers. The term ‘Digital Meter’ is used instead.

The AGL site shows that customers have an ability to opt out if they notify the company first. They may send a letter announcing the installation, but if one fails to go through the proper process for the ‘opt out’, it is likely a smart meter will be installed, no matter if you are home or not.

What is the problem with smart meters?

Some people are already badly affected by EMF radiation exposure from their environment.

Many people have reported health issues after the installation of a smart meter (You can find the links to much research on EMF radiation related health effects on, here). Smart meters, or Digital Meters as AGL has decided to start calling them, produce high frequency radiation to communicate with the power company and may produce dirty electricity on your wiring that can also affect health. In our opinion, when a smart meter triggers symptoms, it is often an indicator that there are a lot of other things wrong in a bedroom environment. It is then the typical ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’. Of course symptoms are a warning signal that the body is no longer able to compensate for the burdens it has been exposed to over a longer period of time. It therefor makes more sense to take action, and not just against the smart meter/digital meter, before symptoms arise.
There are also privacy concerns about the ability of a company to see what appliances you use, when you use them, when you got up, when you are on holidays, and the outside-control abilities (turning your own appliances, like an air conditioner, off for you) when you don’t stick to the power usage you agreed to for your particular electricity plan.

What should you do?

Sources of EMF radiation in your own home

Well… that is your decision of course. We would recommend avoiding the installation and make sure you follow the proper paths through AGL’s processes to assure you are off their list for installation. Make and keep records of everything you do within that process, so you have a record (as proof) of your efforts and desires to not have the smart meter installed. If you write to them, make sure it is registered mail.

Read more about this problem, what you can do, where to find help, in a previous article about smart meters we wrote when Victoria was fighting for the right to not have smart meters.

Had a smart meter installed already? Consider a home assessment to address the smart meter and the other issues in your home.

AU News: AGL released plans for smart meter installation in South Australia and NSW homes

Kuia worried smart meter is affecting her health

Kuia worried smart meter is affecting her health

By Dean Nathan 5:20pm, Sunday 27 December 2015
  • Northland

In the Northland region there are growing concern over the introduction of smart meters by power companies into homes. The smart meters measure power usage with some consumers experiencing a hefty rise in their power bills as well as certain illnesses believed to be caused by these machines.

Her kettle is switched on, but Marama Waddell says she’s been experiencing bad health since the installation of this new smart meter at her residence.

“It’s been affecting my body and mind and I’ve been very sick. I can’t even sleep.  Every day and every night, it’s not good and it’s not just me as I’ve spoken to other families experiencing similar problems to me’ says resident, Ms Waddell.

Due to the increased concern, her smart meter is being tested for the rate of radio frequency radiation emitting from it.

Close friend to Ms Waddell, Clare Swinney says “I think people should be aware that they do not have to accept a smart meter they’re not compulsory. The NZ safety standards unfortunately don’t protect people from the effects of these microwave radiation omitting devices.”

Te Kāea are yet to receive a reply from power companies we contacted today about the concerns over the smart meter. Even though it’s the middle of summer customers are also feeling the bite of a sharp rise in their power bills.

Former smart meter user Nellie Rata says “I’m no longer using my electric blanket because winter has long passed and yet I’ve received a hefty power bill. And I don’t want it cut off because I want to live with dignity and not have to worry about that.”

It’s a warning to do your research before agreeing to have smart meter installed at home.

http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/kuia-worried-smart-meter-affecting-her-health

Changes are coming to your insurance policy

Changes are coming to your insurance policy

February 7, 2016 4:27 PM MST       

Due to the accumulation of fire related damage to homes and businesses from Smart Meter related malfunctions, Insurance Underwriting Offices across the country are contemplating new rules that will reduce the coverage available to you due to fire damage from a Smart Meter failure.

In the past, only two reasons existed for an insurance company to consider not paying for fire damage to your home or business, they were arson, and the fact the home or business sat vacant for at least 60 days or more before the fire.

Now a possible third reason can be added to that list, is the malfunction of a Smart Meter. What will most likely take place is that you will receive a notification from your Insurance Company telling you that a new limitation of coverage is now in force on your policy. When fire damage occurs to your home or business and the cause of the fire can be traced to a malfunction of your Smart Meter, then your company would not be held responsible for the financial loss.

The reason for this type of Draconian action on the part of the Insurance industry is simple, to save money. It appears that as the Smart Meters age, more problems are developing with them. When you couple this with the continued lack of co-operation from the Utility Companies, a reduction in the amount of coverage for an insurance policy is the only remaining answer.

The Utilities lack of co-operation can be reduced to two specific items. Number one would be the utilities continued action of removing the Meters from the loss site without giving the Insurance Company the chance to examine the Meter to determine the cause of the fire. It seems that as long as the Utility Companies continue in this practice, a cancellation in coverage from a Smart Meter fire is the end result. The reason that utility companies give for removal of the Meters is that the meters belong to the Utility Company which is a true statement, however, in the spirit of co-operation and concern for their customers, the Utility Companies should leave the Meters at the loss site until a complete examination of them can be done.

A second and perhaps more compelling reason for removal of the Smart Meters from the loss site is that the Utility Company does not want the Insurance Company to discover that most Meters have been operating at a higher temperature than usual. The normal ambient operating temperature for a new Smart Meter is 89 Degrees, the average operating temperature for the Analog Meters, which the Smart Meters replaced, is 85 degrees. The way in which the Utility Companies dealt with this problem was to drill two holes in the top of the Meter casings to let the heat out. Well, they let the heat out, but also let water and dust inside which made the malfunction of the Smart Meter almost a certainty.

If you have the opportunity, consult your state’s Public Utility Commission and refuse to have the new Smart Meter installed, it may just save you money.

US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you

US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you

James Clapper did not name specific agency as being involved in surveillance via smart-home devices but said in congressional testimony it is a distinct possibility

James Clapper, US director of national intelligence.
‘In the future, intelligence services might use the internet of things for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment’, says James Clapper, US director of national intelligence. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP

The US intelligence chief has acknowledged for the first time that agencies might use a new generation of smart household devices to increase their surveillance capabilities.

As increasing numbers of devices connect to the internet and to one another, the so-called internet of things promises consumers increased convenience – the remotely operated thermostat from Google-owned Nest is a leading example. But as home computing migrates away from the laptop, the tablet and the smartphone, experts warn that the security features on the coming wave of automobiles, dishwashers and alarm systems lag far behind.

In an appearance at a Washington thinktank last month, the director of the National Security Agency, Adm Michael Rogers, said that it was time to consider making the home devices “more defensible”, but did not address the opportunities that increased numbers and even categories of connected devices provide to his surveillance agency.

However, James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, was more direct in testimony submitted to the Senate on Tuesday as part of an assessment of threats facing the United States.

“In the future, intelligence services might use the [internet of things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,” Clapper said.

Clapper did not specifically name any intelligence agency as involved in household-device surveillance. But security experts examining the internet of things take as a given that the US and other surveillance services will intercept the signals the newly networked devices emit, much as they do with those from cellphones. Amateurs are already interested in easily compromised hardware; computer programmer John Matherly’s search engine Shodan indexes thousands of completely unsecured web-connected devices.

Online threats again topped the intelligence chief’s list of “worldwide threats” the US faces, with the mutating threat of low-intensity terrorism quickly following. While Clapper has for years used the equivocal term “evolving” when asked about the scope of the threat, he said Tuesday that Sunni violent extremism “has more groups, members, and safe havens than at any other point in history”.

The Islamic State topped the threat index, but Clapper also warned that the US-backed Saudi war in Yemen was redounding to the benefit of al-Qaida’s local affiliate.

Domestically, “homegrown extremists” are the greatest terrorist threat, rather than Islamic State or al-Qaida attacks planned from overseas. Clapper cited the San Bernardino and Chattanooga shootings as examples of lethal operations emanating from self-starting extremists “without direct guidance from [Isis] leadership”.

 

Read full article at: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/feb/09/internet-of-things-smart-home-devices-government-surveillance-james-clapper

 

NEW MEXICO-Smart’ meters, old pipes clash downtown

Smart’ meters, old pipes clash downtown

Written by on February 9, 2016

Chip Flores, Jonathan Bacca and Mike Sedillos spent Monday changing out the water meter in front of the Morones and Knuttinen, LLC accounting firm on Bullard Street as part of the town-wide shift to the controversial “smart” water meters.

The installation of some of the new “smart” meters isn’t going as smoothly as the town of Silver City would like, according to Town Manager Alex Brown.

“Because the infrastructure is so old downtown there have been quite a few problems,” Brown said. “I know of at least two leaks caused by the changing of the meters because everything is so old. So it is just taking longer.”

One of the new meters installed Monday was in front of a business and building owned in part by Mayor Mike Morones that is among the first group of addresses to receive the change. Brown said that town staff and contractors have installed around 450 of the “smart” meters since the project began.

Public input at town meetings over the past several months has been often dominated by a group of vocal opponents to the new meters, based on their concerns that range from negative health effects to invasion of privacy by the new technology.

—BENJAMIN FISHER

Chip Flores, Jonathan Bacca and Mike Sedillos spent Monday changing out the water meter in front of the Morones and Knuttinen, LLC accounting firm on Bullard Street as part of the town-wide shift to the controversial “smart” water meters.

http://scdailypress.com/site/2016/02/09/smart-meters-old-pipes-clash-downtown/

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