Smart meter and meter reader this AM

I have had a smart meter for yoncs, which I know is feeding regular readings back to base, but this morning had a meter reader appear at the door. The last reading the received was just the Sunday past. Am I missing something, I thought the SM's were supposed to obviate the need for the readers to go round?
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Harry Bloomfield wrote:

I had one visit from an actual meter reader while my meters were smart (they're back to dumb now) he only wanted to see the gas, I offered him to see the electric while he was there (same supplier) in case it avoided an extra visit in future, but he refused.
I suppose it's more about safety and fraud prevention, than meter readings ...
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Andy Burns explained on 20/02/2018 :

Maybe - as I was out there anyway dealing with wheelie bins, I opened the cupboards for him and did the reads for him. He read both meters, both from the same supplier.
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On 20/02/2018 17:36, Harry Bloomfield wrote:

We used to have a water meter in the garage. Then, we had a new main installed, with the meter under the pavement. Even so, the water company sent people round to read the old meter in the garage on a regular basis.
I did away with all the old mains piping in the garage, but I kept the old meter. The meter man would come to inspect it. I'd burrow away in a corner of the garage to unearth the meter, and I'd hand it to him. He would then carefully note down the reading on his machine and hand it back to me. Not once did the meter man say that this performance was at all surprising or out of the ordinary.
So, fraud prevention? No.
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GB wrote:

:-)
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On Wednesday, 21 February 2018 22:34:00 UTC, GB wrote:

Would you be happy for us to put that on the wiki?
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On 22/02/2018 13:15, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Yes, perfectly happy.
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On Thursday, 22 February 2018 13:23:11 UTC, GB wrote:

http://wiki.diyfaq.org.uk/index.php/Water_meter_reading :)
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On Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:14:55 GMT, Harry Bloomfield

I thought they did a visit once a year just to make sure it was all working properly and transmitting the right readings.
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On 20/02/2018 17:34, Chris Hogg wrote:

Ofgem repealed in 2016 the obligation to (try to) check every meter every 2 years. They reckoned other safety/security obligations were sufficient these days. We've had only one look at the indoor smart meter - and none for the past 5 years.
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OK they do say they reserve the right to check it, but what can a meter reader do other than read the display of what they must have been able to get by their link unless there is a major bug we do not know about. Maybe its been hacked for bit coin processing.. grin. Luckily I still have a dumb meter and still need a reader to come.
I'm sure any day now one will turn up when I'm out leave a written card and they will dd my account for too much money even though I'm on the priority client list to be contacted by email should they need to come by.
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wrote:

They check the security seals on the meters and the main supply fuse, also the condition of the flexible stainless pipe on the gas supply.
Possibly the integrity of the earth bonding too.
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Not for decades. Replaced my parents' CU in 1999, and made a call asking for supply fuse to be resealed. After a couple of years and several meter readers, it hadn't been done, so I called again. It was still on file, but meter readers no longer do it, so almost 20 years later (and many meter readers), it's never been done.
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Andrew Gabriel explained :

Same here - I broke the seal to do some re-jigging and it was never sealed until the SM was fitted a couple of years ago. I never requested it to be resealed after cutting it, it seemed pointless.
In the middle of the broken seal era, we had the cut-out fuse blow and a distribution engineer round checking a lost supply - neither bothered to reseal it. SM meter installer did though fit a seal on an isolator in the meter cupboard, which I had fitted the day before he arrived, I can't think why he did, because it was downstream of the meter and my own property.
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On Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:54:35 +0000, Harry Bloomfield wrote:

I broke the seal on our main fuse in about 1997. It was eventually replaced, I think when we got the new 'electronic' meter a few yaers later.
Strangely, he also put a seal on the Henley block I'd added on 'our' sude of the meter!
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They don't seem to care much about these things where we live. Perhaps it depends on the likelihood of the local population stealing electricity. The electricity board (whatever) replaced our local distribution transformer and put no seals back on the meter or fuse, having taken them all off for some reason during the process. And no-one has commented in the last ten years or so.
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On Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:14:55 GMT, Harry Bloomfield

It'll be a random thing. A cousin had someone turn up to check the meter for their solar panels a couple of years ago.
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They're checking for fraud.
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