An Electric Smart Meter
Analog Electric Meter


Analog vs. Digital – Why should I care?

What is a Smart Meter


A smart meter is an electronic device that records consumption of electric energy and communicates the information to the electricity supplier for monitoring and billing. Smart meters typically record energy hourly or more frequently, and report at least daily. Smart meters enable two-way communication between the meter and the central system. Such an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) differs from automatic meter reading (AMR) in that it enables two-way communication between the meter and the supplier. Communications from the meter to the network may be wireless, or via fixed wired connections such as power line carrier (PLC).

Some smart meters contain radio frequency (RF) transmitters.

  • The frequency of operation is typically in the 902 MHz and 2.4 GHz bands.
  • Power output is typically 1 watt in the 902 MHz band and much less in the 2.4 GHz band.
  • The intended range of a transmitter in a smart meter is typically very localized.  While the utility-side radio needs to reach a neighborhood concentrator, typically mounted on a nearby pole, smart meters can also mesh through other smart meters to communicate with the concentrator.
  • The smart meter communicates when it is commanded to do so, typically several times a day.
  • The smart meter’s transmitter operates under Part 15 of the FCC rules.
  • The key here is communication.  Smart Meters are talking to each other -and the concentrators – several times a day.

Our bodies communicate using electromagnetic and chemical signals, so the electromagnetic spectrum matters. We didn’t evolve to handle these smart-meter frequencies, especially not in huge 24/7 amounts.

Smart Meters generate “dirty electricity”

Smart Meters generate dirty electricity (line noise), which is as harmful to health as the wireless radiation the meters emit.

Analog meters do not require electricity to run. Analog meters can’t be hacked. Analog meters do not generate harmful dirty electricity.

An analog water meter

The electromagnetic frequencies generated by Smart Meters may harm the health of humans, animals, and insects (including bees) by disrupting cell to cell communication, promoting stress hormone production, and disrupting many other biological processes in the body.

Peer reviewed, scientific literature demonstrates the correlation between EMF/RF exposure and neurological, cardiac, and pulmonary disease as well as reproductive disorders, immune dysfunction, cancer and other health conditions.

A digital Smart Meter used by water utilities.

See below for a depiction of what a typical smart meter transmission versus an analog transmission.

The spikes in the top graph represent bursts of electricity generated by the smart meter.  The analog graph below shows no such spikes.

The frequencies in the 2- 50 KHz range have long been known to create “nerve block” effects in the human body.  The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) has published many of these studies.  Here are two:

Are Smart Meters safe?

Over and over, the Utilities and Public Service commissions in many states have echoed the same line: the meters are safe by the standards we have today. While that may be true, that does not mean that the meters are safe. It means that the standards are outdated. Many other substances originally thought to be safe – tobacco, DDT, asbestos, x-rays were minimally monitored and the consuming public found out too late regarding their harmful effects.

RF exposures have changed radically – the guidelines have not

Privacy Concerns

The meter is collecting data twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, with no way to monitor or turn it off.  This has the potential for data mining.  Companies may compile and sell the information.

Scientists recognize

“A key impediment to the widespread smart meter acceptance and adoption is the privacy and security concern surrounding the identification of users’ household activities from the frequent logging of utility usage over time, to the lax privacy preservation practices leading to exposure of the data and misuse by authorized and/or unauthorized entities.”

Read the recent Virginia Tech study here