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How does AMI equipment compare to household items for exposure to radio-frequency electromagnetic energy?

An independent study completed by Total Radiation Solutions compared the percentage of the ARPANSA General Public Limit for radiofrequency emitted by advanced meters and household items:

  • Advanced meter inside – 0.011%
  • Wireless modem – 0.05%
  • Cordless phone – 0.17%
  • Advanced meter outside – 0.82%
  • Microwave oven – 1.49%
  • Mobile phone at 30cm – 2.03%

The Australian Communications and Media Authority's regulatory arrangements require wireless devices to comply with the exposure limits in ARPANSA’s publication Radiation Protection Standard for Maximum Exposure Levels to Radiofrequency Fields - 3 kHz to 300 GHz”, known as the ‘ARPANSA RF Standard.’ The radiofrequency electromagnetic energy associated with the meters and communications poles being installed by Western Power operates between 902 MHz and 928 MHz, which is similar to that of a garage remote. Our equipment does not use 5G which operates at 26GHz.