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What data does Hydro-Québec collect in its advanced metering infrastructure project? Why?

What data does Hydro-Québec collect in its advanced metering infrastructure project? Why?

Hydro-Québec only collects electricity use data for billing purposes. Customers’ personal information, such as name, address and telephone number, is not sent through the various components of the advanced metering infrastructure network.
Hydro-Québec intends to use electricity use data from meters to improve service, especially with respect to outages.

The limited data collected, combined with encryption during communication, reduces the risk that the data might be intercepted on its way between components of the AMI, that is, between the smart meters and the head-end data server.

Of course, Hydro-Québec will continue to maintain all necessary security and privacy measures by following recognized industry guidelines and complying with the Act Respecting Access to Documents Held by Public Bodies and the Protection of Personal Information (CQLR, c. A-2.1).

Furthermore, in February July 2013, after its inspection, the Commission d’accès à l’information [access to information commission] concluded that “access to information [. . .] makes it possible to use the data collected, while at the same time protecting users’ personal information.”

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