11 May '12, 4pm

Elster’s Smart Meter Strongbox Takes Off in Brazil: Brazil wants to deploy about 65 million smart meters by...

Elster’s Smart Meter Strongbox Takes Off in Brazil: Brazil wants to deploy about 65 million smart meters by...

Brazil wants to deploy about 65 million smart meters by decade’s end, making it one of the biggest emerging smart grid markets on the horizon behind China and India . One of the biggest reasons Brazilian utilities want smart meters is to prevent energy fraud and theft, or “non-technical losses,” which can add up to a quarter to a third of total delivered power for some beleaguered utilities. But what’s the use of putting up expensive smart meters to prevent energy theft if thieves can still break into them? We’ve seen at least one example of high-tech, inside-job energy theft using smart meters in Puerto Rico , and experts warn that smart meters everywhere are exposed to new forms of digital tampering, even if they don’t let you crack the case and spin back the dials. German smart meter maker Elster has come up with a solution that’s just earned it an expanded rollout in R...

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