As Rod Dow and Fritz Vorlop have described in their article,
Making the AMR Solution Your Solution, the final resolution
of these issues must be part of a sophisticated approach to
strategies, negotiation tactics, and contract terms in both
acquired and outsourced AMI systems. (See link below.)
Other private persons will covet AMI data.
• Neighborhood “busy bodies” will want to know what their
neighbors are doing for the sheer pleasure of knowing, or
the greater pleasure of gossiping.
• Vengeful ex-spouses, jealous paramours, determined
stalkers, and civil litigants may want to know an
individual’s whereabouts and activities.
• Burglars could use intercepted data to determine when a
location is unoccupied, what an occupant is doing, and
whether valuable electronics are inside.
• A thief gaining access to AMI bi-directional
communications or controls could activate or deactivate
intrusion alarms to divert police from, or to facilitate
unlawful access to, a target.
• Vandals could manipulate environmental controls, fire
suppression systems, etc., to damage property as an end in
Law enforcement will also want on-demand access to AMI data.
In the U.S., law enforcement presently has limited access to
meter data to establish ownership of a place involved in
criminal activities or to obtain search warrants for
facilities suspected of drug production. Otherwise, the
prohibition of unreasonable searches and seizures in the
Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution limits access to
this data without first obtaining a warrant from a judge.
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