As pointed out by World Health Organisation (WHO) “A large number of studies have been performed over the last two decades to assess whether mobile phones pose a potential health risk. To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use.”
Eurobarometer 73.3 2010 - EMF Risk Perception
The epidemiological studies that have been conducted didn’t close the debate since the researchers concluded that biases and errors limit the strength of their conclusions and prevent a causal interpretation. Such statement has strengthened the existing concern. While wireless systems contribute to our quality of life in many ways, and represent a large part of the digital economy, concerns about possible health effects could curb the general public from using innovative wireless systems.
Define a global index of exposure assessing the averaged exposure of the population over space and time, and composed of up- and downlink sources of EMFs;
Build numerical and experimental tools to assess this index, using personal dosimeters and network planning tools;
Identify future network mechanisms, technologies;
and parameters allowing reducing the human exposure in the bands from 700 MHz to 6 GHz. To cover all the frequency bands that can be used in the future by LTE, the 0.4 GHz band will be also addressed through theoretical studies and through simulations;
Build a “cost function” related to this exposure index that can be used to optimise the network architecture and operation, as well as the related technologies.
Duration and Funding
It is supported by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Programme (Grant Agreement n°318273), under the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) workprogram.
Objective 1: Future Networks
Funding: 7,32 M€
The project officer is Remy Bayou.