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Can the radiofrequency emissions from next-generation meters interfere with the operation of pacemakers or implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs)?

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Tests conducted by Hydro-Québec and Medtronic, the world’s largest supplier of pacemakers, in conjunction with the Montreal Heart Institute, have confirmed that the RF emissions from next-generation meters do not interfere with the operation of pacemakers or ICDs.

In fact, no interference was observed when the Medtronic pacemakers and ICDs were placed as close as possible to next-generation meters manufactured by Landis+Gyr, Hydro-Québec’s main supplier, even though the meters had been intentionally modified to emit radiofrequencies at an abnormally high rate.

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