ITU Blog: New EMF app explores wireless safety

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:

Read the full text authored by Mike Wood, Vice-Chairman of Working Party 2 in ITU-T Study Group 5 (Environment and climate change), Distinguished Professional with Telstra and the General Manager for the Telstra EME Management, Education and Compliance program.

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