The Robots are Coming

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Fortis Smart Meters

April 16, 2015

The city in Canada gets rid of meter readers in favor of smart meters.

If you’re under 10 years old, you may never remember what a meter reader looked like. Like the milkman and the postal carrier, meter readers will be a thing of the past.

In August, Fortis BC will eliminate 10 meter readers as the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system begins sending your electrical usage daily via a wireless meter attached to your house.

The city says they have a “transition plan” for the readers, who were apparently temps to start with. The plan appears to consist of encouraging them to apply for other jobs with the city.