Category Archives: customer information

Looking to sell utility billing data to lenders, Urjanet rakes in $20 million

https://urjanet.com/services/utility-bill-data/

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“Urjanet’s technology is used to track cost and usage information from 4,000 utilities in 30 countries. That data collected from electric, gas, telecommunications, water, and waste providers, is used by small and medium-sized businesses, and multinational companies, to automate accounting and bill processing, manage energy costs, and comply with reporting regulations, the company said….

“Oak HC/FT’s financing will enable us to broaden our reach to the world’s largest corporations and utility providers, as well as accelerate our launch of new applications using utility data as an alternative source for credit scoring and identity verification,” said Sanjoy Malik, Urjanet’s chief executive, in a statement.”

https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/02/looking-to-sell-utility-billing-data-to-lenders-urjanet-rakes-in-20-million/

Our data is more valuable than the electricity being sold.  And, YES, BC Hydro and FortisBC are clients of Urjanet.  Search:  https://urjanet.com/utility-data/  by typing in BC Hydro and FortisBC.

http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/The-Age-of-Surveillance-Capitalism-The-Fight-for-a-Human-Future-at-the-New-Frontier-of-Power-by-Shoshana-Zuboff.png

Surveillance Capitalism Includes Utility “Smart” Meters. Utility Companies Collect Customer Usage Data 24/7. Are Yours Selling It to 3rd Parties?

“Recently, Harvard professor Shoshana Zuboff published a new book called The Age of Surveillance Capitalism which reveals how businesses not only offer services to customers – they collect personal data on them in order to sell it to 3rd parties.  Much of this is done without customer knowledge or consent….

Urjanet’s technology is used to track cost and usage information from 4,000 utilities in 30 countries.”

https://www.activistpost.com/2019/02/surveillance-capitalism-includes-utility-smart-meters-utility-companies-collect-customer-usage-data-24-7-are-yours-selling-it-to-3rd-parties.html

Please note: This article includes the updated version of “Take Back Your Power”, which is very good, until the last 10 min. or so in which he speaks of liability, legality, etc. I wish to warn you that Josh makes statements that do not pertain to BC where smeters are mandated by law. The law was written by the Liberals and is supported by the NDP. Until the Clean Energy Act is changed, we are stuck if we want electricity. Many of us have paid thousands in extortion fees — which have yet to be accounted for — and many of us continue to pay. Many others, the vast majority, were given no choice to even pay the extortion. Josh also promotes his unique, and “legal” approach that lawyers say will not work and which never managed to prevent the installation of or the removal of a smeter in BC — or elsewhere that I have been able to confirm. Our only way to protect our homes and our rights is to demand that these things be removed from our homes and analog meters returned by demanding that the Clean Energy Act be amended.

Also in this article is a link to an interesting article about how a company (Urjanet) is gathering and selling data obtained via smeters to various corporations, including financial institutions which are using it to determine credit scores. This is yet more evidence that smeters are gathering data not needed for billing and, without our permission or awareness, it can be sold.

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1) – http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/2019-04-25-hydro-and-fortis-linked-to-company-that-sells-smeter-data/

More Links Between Brain Cancer and Cell Phones. Sharon Noble – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard – April 4, 2018

(audio 29:30) More Links Between Brain Cancer and Cell Phones. Sharon Noble – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard by talkdigitalnetwork – YouTube – April 04, 2018:
(Report finds 47 fires caused by Smart Meters, no government reaction)

Guest’s website: http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/

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(podcast 29:08) April 4, 2018 | More Links Between Brain Cancer and Cell Phones – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard by HoweStreet.com – April 04, 2018:

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Ramazzinihttp://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/z/2017-02-15-world-renowned-italian-institute-confirms-results-of-national-toxicology-program/ (4 & Letters)

See BCUC & Smart Meter Fires Report (July 2017): http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/bcuc-smart-meter-fires-the-failure-to-protect/)

The Goddard Report Video Archives of Interviews with Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters re Smart Meters and Health Issues from Wireless Technologies:

Insurance Never Anticipated a Totally “Wired” Home. Sharon Noble – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard – December 27, 2017

(audio 23:01) Insurance Never Anticipated a Totally “Wired” Home. Sharon NobleDecember 27, 2017 – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard by talkdigitalnetwork – YouTube – December 27, 2017:
(Up to 90% of Radio Frequency health studies finding negative effects

– Guest’s website: http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/

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(podcast 22:48) December 27, 2017 | Insurance Never Anticipated a Totally “Wired” Home – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard – HoweStreet.com – December 27, 2017:- https://www.howestreet.com/2017/12/27/insurance-never-anticipated-a-totally-wired-home/

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See BCUC & Smart Meter Fires Report (July 2017): http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/bcuc-smart-meter-fires-the-failure-to-protect/)

The Goddard Report Video Archives of Interviews with Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters re Smart Meters and Health Issues from Wireless Technologies:

Cell Phone 5G Frequencies Also Used In Military Weapons! Sharon Noble – August 29, 2017 – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard

(audio 32:46) Cell Phone 5G Frequencies Also Used In Military Weapons! Sharon NobleAugust 29, 2017 – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard by talkdigitalnetwork – YouTube – August 29, 2017:
(Will Ottawa Ever Modernize Wifi Radiation Limits?
Guest’s website: http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/)
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The Goddard Report Video Archives of Interviews with Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters re Smart Meters and Health Issues from Wireless Technologies:

https://www.youtube.com/user/talkdigitalnetwork/search?query=sharon+noble

Cell Phone Radiation – More Brain Cancer, Less Sperm? Sharon Noble – August 15, 2017 – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard

(audio 25:35) Cell Phone Radiation – More Brain Cancer, Less Sperm? Sharon NobleAugust 15, 2017 – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard by talkdigitalnetwork – YouTube – August 15, 2017:
(Smart Meter fires continue but no official agency tracking them.
Guest’s website: http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/)
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(Sharon Noble – Smart Meter fires continue but no official agency tracking them.)

 

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The Goddard Report Video Archives of Interviews with Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters re Smart Meters and Health Issues from Wireless Technologies:

https://www.youtube.com/user/talkdigitalnetwork/search?query=sharon+noble

The Role Of Utility Meters In Mass Surveillance (video by Jerry Day)

A YouTube by Jerry Day about Onzo, the data analytic company about which Sharon Noble provided info in the March 21/17 update [http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/z/2017-03-21-industry-ad-exposes-smeter-data-use/].  This is an excellent video but, remember, he is in the USA where many of the states offer full opt-out options.

Not in BC! BC Hydro and FortisBC, thanks to the Liberal’s Clean Energy Act, tell us – take the smeter or lose your electricity.

“The Role Of Utility Meters In Mass Surveillance”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zIDW7H6XqA

Customer Information gathered from the Smart meters

Ever since Smart Meters were introduced many informed and concerned people have voiced concerns about the information gathered by these devices.  The basic information is of course the amount of power used by month for billing.    Gathering this billing number by a Smart Meter seems to be a huge over-kill.  So what else is gathered?  Power usage every 15 minutes.  Power usage by device if ZigBee communication is used.  And maybe lots more.

There is a company called ONZO that is helping the power companies to gather this data and use it and possibly sell it.  Is this a benefit to the consumer?  Are there any problems with this data gathering business? 

How Utilities can Better Use Customer Data

Dr Katie Russell explores how much maligned utility companies must capitalise on their customer data in order to reduce churn and create customer loyalty as they play catch up with other industry sectors.

ONZO combines the science of energy analytics with load disaggregation, energy lifestyle behaviour analysis and probabilistic forecasting to give utilities and their customers unprecedented insights into how, where and when energy is used. Leveraging granular smart meter data, ONZO’s patented algorithms result in richer, highly accurate, customer-specific insights that help utilities improve customer engagement and energy efficiency, while reducing churn and creating new revenue opportunities.

The company is headquartered in London, UK, with an office in the US, and works with clients all over the world.

Read all about it in this ONZO-authored exclusive article for Engage Business Media. Click Here

See short ONZO  video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uluKjzqHDz0