Despite hundreds of studies that have determined the safety of radio frequencies, such as emitted by smart meters, a small percentage of consumers continue to express concern over their future health.
On May 31st Chris King of the eMeter Corporation reported that the World Health Organization announced that talking on cell phones might increase the risk of brain cancer for some cell phone users. This news got considerable attention in headlines around the world although it is not the first time we have heard this. But although the original furore has died down, what does this new re-emergence of health fears mean for smart meters that use radio frequency (RF) technology?
The introduction of smart meters in a community in Fairfax California has sparked a revolt in protest to planned installation amongst some of the population. The utility company involved, Pacific Gas & Electric Company and its partners realise that opposition to the meters may have stemmed from a lack of communication and education programmes.
The patent lawsuits between Eon Corporation and Sensus have been settled. Eon, which provides wireless telemetry technologies, including advanced meter reading, has licensed its legacy patent portfolio invented by company engineer Gil Dinkins, to Sensus, which provides FlexNet-branded, tower-based, smart grid communications networks and water, gas and electric utility meters.
Arch Rock Corporation has introduced PhyNet-Grid, the first advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and grid communication platform based entirely on industry-standard IP networking, security and data-collection protocols. It is also the first platform to offer real-time meter data collection and has the functionality to implement low-energy operations during a power outage, preventing the need of a time-consuming rebuild of the mesh network.