Wireless communications technology is integral to modern society. We are always within arm’s reach of mobile phones, tablets and other wireless devices. New mobile base stations and telecommunications towers are being erected all the time, expanding our access to high-quality wireless communications. By 2020, we expect that nearly everything will be connected, with an estimated 50 billion connected devices, things and objects supporting almost every aspect of our daily lives.
So how safe are wireless devices and the networks that connect them? This is a question that I’m sure we have all been asked and it is a very important one to address as we head towards a truly connected world.
ITU, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technology (ICT), has brought together a team of internationally renowned experts from government, industry and academia to study the responsible management of the Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) emitted by wireless communications infrastructure and devices.
To answer often-asked questions about the effect of EMF on our health, and to help explain how wireless technology works in our everyday lives, ITU has developed an ‘EMF Guide mobile app’ providing an up-to-date reference of the EMF information provided by the World Health Organization and ITU.
The purpose of the EMF Guide is to provide information and education resources on EMF suitable for all communities, stakeholders and governments. It is an ideal tool for city planners, officials and government advisers – and the communities they serve – providing up-to-date and reliable information on the behaviour of EMF, and internationally agreed mechanisms to manage EMF responsibly.
The app, launched in 2014 as a mobile-only version, is now available in six languages and can be downloaded from iOS, Android and Blackberry app stores.
Have a look at this instructional video to learn more about the easy-to-use app:
The EMF Guide features a number of illustrations and graphics that help readers improve their understanding of EMF and wireless safety. The pictures can be easily shared with interested parties. These simple but informative graphics make for great additions to presentations and are free to use (but please credit ITU as the source).
How many times have you been asked questions about mobile safety and can’t recall the website where you once learnt the answers? You can now easily access ITU’s EMF Guide mobile app in a number ways: either go to emfguide.itu.int on your mobile device or PC, or download the EMF Guide from the above-mentioned app stores.
The app’s development was led by ITU-T Study Group 5, ITU’s standardization expert group for ‘ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change’. We hope you enjoy using the guide and we welcome your feedback via the ‘Contact Us’ section of the app.
For more information on ITU’s work to support the responsible management of human exposure to EMF, please consult ITU’s EMF portal. To learn more about the management of EMF in our cities, have a look at ITU’s Technical Report on EMF considerations in smart sustainable cities.
Mike Wood is Vice Chairman ITU-T Working Party2, Study Group 5, Environment and Climate Change. He is a Distinguished Professional with Telstra and the General Manager for the Telstra EME Management, Education and Compliance program, and is responsible for EME issues, communications & strategy. Mike trained with the Australian Defence Department in radio & microwave communications prior to graduating from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1985. He was part of the Telstra EME Research & Development team for over 10 years before taking on the national EME management role. Mike has 25 years’ experience in the strategy and management of mobile network deployment, EME and community consultation for the wireless industry. Mike is currently Chairman of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association RF Safety Compliance Program, and Health & Safety Committee. Mike is also Chairman of the International Electrotechnical Commission – Technical Committee 106, and Vice-Chairman of the GSMA Health Policy Committee.