Technology for Control Freaks

Stalin wanted this but the technology just wasn’t there. His UK disciples have picked up the baton and are well down the path with it.

This is just one of the reasons our government is making the installation of SMART meters compulsory.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JNFr_j6kdI&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

The other is of course to tax fine you for what they consider excessive use of that bad CO2 creating power. Even though they, and everyone except for a few die hards, know that it is all a scam.

The difference is that what this guy is proposing as a solution is OK for the US but not going to be possible in the UK. SMART meters on everything, gas, electricity and water are all going to be compulsorily enforced by power of law. The difference between trivial crimes such as burglary and assault is that these laws will be rigorously enforced.

Next down the line will be SMART suits. To measure your weight, food intake, excretions and your breathing. Taxes for everyone.

12 comments for “Technology for Control Freaks

  1. November 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    “A search without a warrant every day.”

  2. November 21, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Interesting article/video. I’d previously heard about smart meters, i.e. in that they could discriminate between individual appliances on your ring-main by their specific power draw; strangely enough there was no mention of any information being sent back to the power company…

    Anyone know what the situation is re smart meter installation (i.e. as described in the video) in the UK?

    • Lord T
      November 21, 2011 at 10:13 am

      There are plans for every home to be fitted with smart electrickery, gas and water meters.

  3. Andrew Duffin
    November 21, 2011 at 10:28 am

    “discriminate between individual appliances on your ring-main by their specific power draw”

    How?

    All you know about a ring-main (or any other common power feed) is the total current being drawn at any moment.

    Sure you can probably distinguish motors by their startup inflood current, and flourescent tubes by similar means, but as between one appliance with motors and another one, there’s no possible way to work out what’s being used for what.

    Unless they are going to mandate some smart thingy in every appliance, which sends some message back to the meter, identifying itself. I haven’t read that they are planning this, though I wouldn’t put it past them (I wouldn’t put ANYTHING past them).

    A few nice big isolating transformers (or a decent UPS) should deal with any such initiative, I would have thought. Watch out for those becoming illegal on some excuse or other, and you’ll know then what their game is.

    • November 21, 2011 at 11:14 am

      I know someone who is at the forefront of this industry in the UK. Obviously, we did not get into technical details, but basically from what he said (and please bear in mind that this from memory of a conversation held months ago!), it would appear that every appliance plugged into the mains has a ‘signature’ that can be identified by a smart meter to some degree of accuracy. For example, a TV versus a hairdryer vs. a computer, etc…

      Obviously, this would be very handy in that a smart meter *working for you* would be able to give you a detailed breakdown of exactly what your electricity spend is, so that you could reduce your consumption accordingly. However, no-one ever mentioned any of this information going back to the utility company/Government/etc…

      Funny that…

      • November 22, 2011 at 9:46 pm

        That’s true — that is what is supposed to happen in the US. In some states, it is already happening.

        It’s viewed as a win-win, because the supplier (to sell more ‘efficient’ products) can email the occupier to say, ‘We know that you have an XXX washer / dryer. Did you know that a YYY washer / dryer can use up to 20% less energy per year? One of our salespeople will call round soon to discuss this money saving initiative with you.’ And so on.

        What’s more, they know when you use your appliances, when you’re (probably) out of the house … and, therefore, when someone can break in. That someone is likely to be privy to the gen generated.

    • Dave G
      November 21, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      Quite simpply, measuring the difference between ‘present’ consumption and ‘new’ consumption will indicate the approximate type of appliance just switched on – i.e. if consumption rises from 3kW to 4.5kW then an additional 1.5kW has just appeared therefore can be attributed to either a kettle or an electric fire (for example). If the additional 1.5kW is apparent for under 5 minutes then the likelihood that it was a kettle increases somewhat.

      All said and done, there’s no such thing a a Smart Meter that’s actually smarter than ‘people’ and I forsee hacks being available in short order – wooppee! Cheap electricity!

  4. Jeremy Poynton
    November 21, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Time to get a generator, or move to Ireland (which we plan to do if Labour get in again, anyway. Houses in West Cork are going for ridiculous prices. As long as you have a means of living out there, it a gorgeous place to live.

    • David
      November 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm

      Generators and wood burning stoves with hotplates are the way forward. Also harvesting your own rainwater and fitting a pump filtration system. Stick two fingers up to them – and once the utility companies reaise we aint playing ball they might use their significant clout to tell TPTB to fcuk the hell off!

    • Dave G
      November 21, 2011 at 8:24 pm

      Current running costs for a generator (based on red diesel, perfectly legal and allowed for use in FIXED generators) including maintenance but excluding capital purchase costs is around 11p/kWhr – less if you share (a large) one with neighbors.

  5. microdave
    November 21, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    “Unless they are going to mandate some smart thingy in every appliance”

    “Smart” appliances are indeed being talked about. This partly to allow rationing of power as seems very likely when our older coal & nuclear plants are closed to comply with EU directives. High consumption domestic appliances such as washing machines & tumble driers could be instructed not to start at times of high demand, and fridges & freezers could also be turned of at peak periods.

    Smart meters incorporate a switch which allows the utility to cut-off customers for non-payment without needing entry to the property. Tin foil hat wearers might also see this being used to cope with severe power shortages…

    The security aspect has already had much investigation, and like any computer and network based system is at risk of “hacks” which could work either way.

    Have a look here: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/Papers/meters-weis.pdf

    • November 22, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      Yep, that, too. (See my previous comment on marketing and break-ins.)

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