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Arc funded smart meter study reports findings

posted May 16, 2012, 11:34 PM by ema-1 ema-1
"Dr Bill Heffernan, Principal Engineer at the Electric Power Engineering Centre (EPECentre) in the University’s College of Engineering, said the findings of the study vindicated the use of smart meters from a health and safety perspective"

"The study investigated all known smart meters and systems currently deployed in New Zealand. The research found that radio frequency-mesh (known as RF-mesh) deployments radiate much less power than allowable limits and that cellular deployments (commonly called GPRS) transmit data similar to phone texts at the same RF radiation levels as a mobile phone, but are generally much further away from the body than a mobile phone.

“Both these types of smart meters can be to shown to cause considerably less exposure to radiation than typical mobile phone use, especially when people are at least one metre away from the smart meter,” said Dr Heffernan.

“It is much more likely that we would spend an hour or so a day talking on the mobile phone or working within one metre of our wireless router or laptop than standing within one metre of our smart meter. New Zealanders should feel reassured about the safety of having a smart meter installed in their meter box, given these findings"

Commissioned by Arc Innovations Limited. Carried out by the Electric Power Engineering Centre. Reviewed by the Wireless Research Centre, College of Engineering.

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