Neighborhood Watch: Security and Privacy Analysis of Automatic Meter Reading Systems
Research on smart meters has shown that fine-grained energy usage data poses privacy risks since it allows inferences about activities inside homes. While smart meter deployments are very limited, more than 40 million meters in the United States have been equipped with Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) technology over the past decades. AMR utilizes wireless communication for remotely collecting usage data from electricity, gas, and water meters. Yet to the best of the people knowledge, AMR has so far received no attention from the security research community. In this paper, the authors conduct a security and privacy analysis of this technology.