1) FortisBC is applying to the BC Utilities Commission to change the current analog gas meters to smeters!! They will be wireless, adding yet another layer of RF to our home’s environment. According to the FAQ on their website, FortisBC will use its own wireless network which, most likely, will be tied to the IoT (5G). I don’t have info on the specific smeter they will be using — I will check on the one they picture but this is something that can be asked at their online information session scheduled for 6 pm Feb. 23. Registration is required.
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Advanced Gas Meters
“Upgrading to advanced gas meters will modernize our gas infrastructure. The new meters will allow us to measure customer gas use over a wireless network. This will allow us to better monitor and manage our system, for example we will be able to remotely detect and respond to gas leaks….
Register for an information session and receive a reminder email, including login details, on the day of the event.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Starting at 6 p.m.
Access live video presentation
2) Most of the discussion in the 2 videos pertain to the US and won’t help much, but some might find the video with Theodora worth seeing. A key thing is for municipalities to have an Antenna Siting Policy in which setbacks, distance from schools, etc. can be laid out for the telecoms. Having one gives the local community a chance to have a voice. Not having one means ISED policy applies, and makes negotiating much harder.
5G AND CELL TOWER ORDINANCES/SETBACKS IN THE USA
3) Yet more companies putting more satellites in low orbit: about 300, each with 135,000 strong beams of radiation emitted by phased array antennae. These will cover the entire earth from “pole to pole” with what sounds like the ‘next generation’ capability.
Telesat to Redefine Global Broadband Connectivity with Telesat Lightspeed, the World’s Most Advanced Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite Network
“Telesat, one of the world’s largest satellite operators, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Thales Alenia Space to be the prime manufacturer of Telesat’s global LEO constellation, Lightspeed, initially comprised of a fleet of 298 next-generation satellites integrated with an advanced ground network. Lightspeed is the most innovative, cutting-edge broadband satellite network ever conceived. Thales Alenia Space and its affiliate Telespazio have made a Lightspeed capacity commitment in connection with the agreement.
Telesat and Thales Alenia Space have engaged in substantial and sustained collaboration on Lightspeed’s innovative design. Specifically, Lightspeed has been optimized to serve the fast-growing broadband connectivity requirements of fixed and mobile network operators, aeronautical and maritime users, enterprise customers and governments…
Lightspeed satellites incorporate leading-edge technologies and features, including:
- Sophisticated phased array antennas on each satellite that are combined with advanced beam hopping technology to create approximately 135,000 beams that can dynamically focus multiple Gbps of capacity – an order of magnitude higher than any other system – into demand hot spots like remote communities, large airports or major sea ports;
- Nearly 1,200 high capacity optical links – four on each satellite – that combine to create a first-ever, highly resilient, flexible and secure space-based IP network, moving data across the network and around the world at the speed of light;
- Data processing in space, including full digital modulation and demodulation on the satellite, coupled with a revolutionary end-to-end network operating system, that improves link performance and gives customers unprecedented flexibility for routing traffic across the globe, eliminating gateway hops for the fastest, most secure, end-to-end delivery of data; and
- A patent-pending architecture for the constellation of satellites, which features satellites operating in both polar and inclined orbital planes. This results in true pole-to-pole global coverage, concentrating capacity in areas where it is most needed to maximize network efficiency and achieve superior unit cost economics.”
Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
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