Our automated meters transmit usage data through a wireless Radio Frequency (RF) signal. The meters communicate for very brief periods at a low signal strength throughout the day. Because these transmissions last only a few milliseconds, the meters typically communicate for less than 1½ minutes per day. Member-specific data such as names, addresses and account numbers are not transmitted by automated meters. The meters use advanced encryption technology to prevent unauthorized access to data and the utility network. Readings are transmitted wirelessly using Radio Frequency (RF) signals that are similar to signals used by cordless phones and many other consumer devices.