That unit is a wireless utility meter transponder.  Once an entire
neighborhood is outfitted with the new meters, they can be polled
automatically from a central location.  It allows the utility to monitor
demand and power factor in real time as well as keeping tabs on total
consumption.  It can also turn the power off or on remotely at individual
meters.  One of its greatest benefits is that it can instantly report power
outages at specific addresses (it contains a backup battery), which greatly
aids the utility in pinpointing exactly what transformer, recloser, or
cutout fuse is at fault.  A power outage at 1:00 AM in a residential
neighborhood might not be called in until morning using the conventional
metering system, whereas with the polling system, the location and extent of
the trouble is immediately known.

73, Eric Lemmon WB6FLY

-----Original Message-----
From: Repeater-Builder@yahoogroups.com
[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Mike Morris
Sent: Saturday, April 01, 2006 1:38 AM
To: Repeater-Builder@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Repeater-Builder] Way OT, but a question...

Some interesting boxes have been appearing on street lights in my area.

Anybody know what they are?

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