Hash’s discovery was made following extensive analysis of smart meters produced by Landis+Gyr, a multinational corporation that develops both smart meters and related software for electricity and gas utilities.
Hash noticed a sudden change in the data values given off by the smart meters in his neighborhood as power was being restored following the snowstorm.
Like Austin Energy, Oncor, which has also declined to release outage data from the snowstorm, uses smart meters produced by Landis+Gyr.
The higher off the ground the dot is, the longer the smart meter has gone without a significant power interruption.
The uptime listed by other smart meters clearly showed that they had last regained power in the aftermath of the snowstorm.
And although power companies are remaining tight-lipped, Hash says he is increasingly being contacted by both former and current power company employees regarding his analysis.
Continuing his work, Hash is now analyzing the smart meter mechanism responsible for remotely disconnecting a home’s power. »