Advanced meters record electricity flows and communicate the information back to Western Power using a combination of low-level radiofrequency and cellular communications technology. Western Power’s advanced metering infrastructure predominately uses radio frequency, however this is supported, at this stage, by 4G technology.
When communicating, the emissions from an advanced meter are in line with those produced from the remote device used to unlock a car, and less than a single SMS transmission.
All devices comply with the maximum exposure levels as specified by ARPANSA. ARPANSA asserts that there is no established scientific evidence to support any adverse health effects from very low RF EME exposures to populations or individuals.
Western Power will continue to monitor the deployment of new technology, including 5G, and whether that will interact with our operations.