Tag Archives: Smart Meters

Hacking a Smart Meter and Killing the Grid

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions Nick Hunn of Creative Connectivity published an article this month entitled, “How to Hack a Smart Meter and Kill the Grid … And then all the lights went out.” [1] Hunn says his new article … Continue reading

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Recent Court Ruling on Smart Meter Privacy Invasions Was Based on False Premise of “Benefits”

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions, Updated October 2, 2018 Key Article Points The recent court ruling allowing smart meter privacy invasions was based on a false premise of “benefits.” Smart meters do not reduce costs, do not result in cheaper … Continue reading

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Security Risks and Technology Obsolescence Reduce Smart Meter Expected Lifetimes

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions, Updated October 15, 2018 Key Article Points: Meter manufacturers and most utility companies attempting to justify large-scale smart meter deployments claim useful life values in the range of 15 to 20 years. Those individuals and … Continue reading

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Smart Meter Data Collection is a “Search,” but Court Allows Anyway

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions, Updated Augsut 24, 2018 A few days ago I reported on a ruling in the smart meter-related case of Naperville Smart Meter Awareness (NSMA) v. City of Naperville (Case 1:11-cv-09299) [1]. Since then, there have … Continue reading

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Federal Court Rules against Consumers on Smart Meters and Privacy Rights

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions , Updated August 22, 2018 Key Article Points Based upon a Federal Appeals Court analysis, all City of Naperville electric customers are being subjected to a governmental search every 15 minutes without a voluntary consent. … Continue reading

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Nicor Gas Begins Deployment of Smart Meter Radio Modules in Northern Illinois

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions With little advance notice of what is really happening, Nicor Gas in northern Illinois is quietly attaching wireless transmitters to existing natural gas meters located at customer homes and businesses. Nicor Gas customers have begun … Continue reading

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Future Hack Scenario: Disrupting a Country through Its Smart Meters

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions A new book by Charles Arthur on “Cyber Wars” reviews the most significant cyber attacks in recent years, discusses the lessons learned, and then concludes with an outline of what future hacks we can expect … Continue reading

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France: No Legal Basis for Smart Meter Data Collection without Valid Consent

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions The French data protection authority (‘CNIL’) announced on March 27, 2018, that it had issued a formal notice to the nation’s primary electric supplier for failing to obtain consent for the collection of customer usage … Continue reading

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Questions Remain Regarding Investigation by Authorities for 2016 Deadly Fire Linked to Utility Meter

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions This is an investigative report on whether a smart meter likely killed 12 horses in March 2016. On March 15, 2016, a horrific overnight barn fire killed 12 horses at the South Florida Trotting Center, … Continue reading

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Smart Meters Slow Hurricane Recovery Efforts

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions In 2015, I wrote a comprehensive article explaining that customer calls, not smart meters are still the primary source of power outage notification for utilities and that “it is unrealistic and misleading to advertise that a … Continue reading

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