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Smart Meter radiation concerns

  1. Nov 10, 2011 #1

    DaveC426913

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    I have been asked by someone about Smart Meters and this concern over radiation. I see several articles out there that warn of the risks, but few from reliable sources. When they talk about radiation they mean radio and microwave transmissions, which seems a bit scare tactic-ish.

    I'd like to be able to pass along some facts. Anybody have some?

    How powerful are these transmissions?
    Any moreso that cell phones?
    How frequent?
    Why the microwave?
    While we are awash in a sea of radio transmissions all our waking lives, obviously proximity is key. So attempts to protect oneself from emissions this nearby are - at least in principle - more efficacious than attempts to block distant common sources. However, short of encasing the device itself in layers of tinfoil, I don't see any practical way of reducing exposure.

    Thoughts? References?
     
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  3. Nov 10, 2011 #2

    Evo

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    Re: Smart Meter concerns

    They are safe.

    http://www.ccst.us/publications/2011/2011smart-final.pdf
     
  4. Nov 10, 2011 #3

    DaveC426913

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    Re: Smart Meter concerns

    Indeed. That graph shows that using a cellphone exposes one to 250x the amount of radio emissions of a SmartMeter and a microwave is 4x the amount.
     
  5. Nov 10, 2011 #4

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    I was curious about their transmitter powers, so I went to the ARRL (the national association for Amateur Radio) site and found this Q&A.

     
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  6. Nov 10, 2011 #5

    DaveC426913

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    Re: Smart Meter concerns

    Translation? Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

    Is it saying that Smart Meters operate under stringent restrictions like other consumer products, and not more lenient restrictions, like industrial products?
     
  7. Nov 10, 2011 #6

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    Re: Smart Meter concerns

    Do the power levels of a toy WalMart walkie-talkie give you an idea of how much radiation?
     
  8. Nov 10, 2011 #7

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    Re: Smart Meter concerns

    IMO bad thing. But not for any radiation concerns; as I have one on my power pole. I don't want the power company turning off my air-conditioner when it's 110ºF outside and 100ºF inside.

    Edit: From Evos PDF (bold by me),
    I believe that these telemetry "radios" transmit only when "queried" by the central computer or when there's some "change of state", and not continuously. I could be wrong but that's how the SCADA system I worked with operated.
     
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  9. Nov 10, 2011 #8

    DaveC426913

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    Re: Smart Meter concerns

    I have no idea what power companies turning off your A/C have to do with the topic at-hand.

    But I'd rather you didn't mention any more things you have on your power pole.
     
  10. Nov 10, 2011 #9

    dlgoff

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    okay :redface:
     
  11. Nov 11, 2011 #10
    Hi Dave:smile: The California Council on Science and Technology had an article from October 29, 2011 entitled Cell Phone Safety Study Suggests No Risk of Cancer. A quote within the document states:

    "This is encouraging news about cell phones because smart meters use similar technology," said CCST Senior Fellow Jane Long, principal associate director at large at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. "Smart meters are expected to have a much lower impact than cell phones, and smart meters are a critically important part of reinventing the energy system in a world that has to be concerned about climate change."
    http://www.ccst.us/news/2011/20111027phone.php

    I should mention that the link (url) above is the most recent update, whereas Evo's contribution with link is from April 2011. :smile: I suggest reading the article I've presented in its entirety. Thanks, and a thank you to Evo too. I should also mention I have a smart meter and cell phone! Let's just say, truth be it, I live in Technology Land. (lol) Good possiblity that Look will replace iPod.
     
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