DECC says:
“Data protection and system security are crucial issues for the success of the rollout and operation of the smart metering and will be a vital part of the implementation work we will be doing. We will take a rigorous and systematic approach to assessing and managing these issues”.

OFGEM says:
“Ofgem’s main concern is that the interests of consumers are protected when smart meters are introduced. Data protection and system security are crucial issues for consumers and we will take a rigorous and systematic approach to assessing and managing these issues. This will include stringent rules and safeguards”.

The £8.1 billion rollout of smart meters in Britain could be knocked off course unless the Government and OFGEM  act urgently to convince the public that their data will be held securely.

Fears that data on energy consumption could be misused by criminals, police or by third party commercial companies have curtailed the compulsory introduction of the meters across Europe. In The Netherlands Dutch consumer and privacy organisations were concerned that information relayed as frequently as every 15 minutes could allow employees of utility companies to see when properties were empty or when householders had bought expensive new gadgets.

The Dutch are now ready to implement a secure smart metering programme. Attend Smart Metering UK & Ireland (29- 30 June 2010, London) and learn how they have tackled data and privacy issues in order to achieve a successful long-term roll-out!

Tuesday June 29th from 16.30 – 17.00 PM

Privacy & security – key in a smart metering roll-out programme

The Dutch smart metering market framework
How to secure data privacy with 15 minute readings?
How to gain the trust of your customer in the security of your smart metering system?

Bram Reinders, Chairman Dutch DSO Association, The Netherlands

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To download the conference brochure, click here

Register before June 1 for the UK and Ireland’s most advanced and complete Smart Metering conference and save 275 Euros on your registration fee!

I look forward to seeing you in London on 29-30 June!

Kind Regards,
Elisabeth Brusse
Project Manager – Synergy

P.S. The success of your smart meter programme depends on you making the right decisions today. Don’t miss this opportunity to get the right tips from the right people to do so!