New electronic gas, electric meters d...

New electronic gas, electric meters defended

There are 7 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Sep 2, 2010, titled New electronic gas, electric meters defended. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

An electronic meter-reading system operated by California's largest utility is highly accurate, despite thousands of customer complaints, according to an independent analysis released Thursday.

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Jojo

Redondo Beach, CA

#1 Sep 2, 2010
They are not accurate
The Real Reason

Donie, TX

#4 Sep 2, 2010
Jojo wrote:
They are not accurate
OK, how do you KNOW that?
What are your facts to prove it?
Please provide proof like links.
Piffle

Torrance, CA

#5 Sep 3, 2010
Lance is probably not far off with his assessment of the data security. Especially if the transmission is wireless.
Native

Redondo Beach, CA

#6 Sep 3, 2010
Jojo wrote:
They are not accurate
I had my meter replaced a few months ago. The old one was over 20 years old and not as accurate. My bill went down slightly. What is the basis for your assertion that they are not accurate?
Native

Redondo Beach, CA

#7 Sep 3, 2010
lance wrote:
"Smart meters record residential electric usage hourly and gas usage daily. The data is periodically transmitted to PG&E via a secure wireless communication network"
here is the problem.
the data and information is transmitted towards a centralized system. centralized system is controlled by computers. computers are hacked into ... data and information and system as a whole is compromised.
the accuracy of the reading is not the problem. the access and obtainability of that information is and WILL be a problem.
take it from a hacker.
The old system had the very same weaknesses. After the meter reader entered your usage, the data processing, accounting, and billing stages were identical. There have been documented intrusions into SCADA power networks and penetrations beyond utility firewalls. Is your concern with the wireless communication link? That part is likely the most secure!
Yogi

Irvine, CA

#8 Sep 3, 2010
Who paid for the study? You generally get what you pay for.
Native

Redondo Beach, CA

#10 Sep 5, 2010
lance wrote:
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another weakness. Arrogance.
Once a company, business, firm, govt. speaks as if "THE MOST SECURE," is when problems occur. Believe this, it can easily happen. Ask the feds who had gotten top federal/defense/governmental secrets hacked into in 2007-08.
you however believe that this little gas company is secure.
get a grip.
this information can be gotten, now much more easily with this digital system.
Here's a question for you: Why don't the criminals break into the financial networks and steal money? Answer: Strong encryption. Criminals attack from outside because they cannot get to the raw data. There are such things as secure electronic networks. They are especially secure when money is involved (as is the case here).

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