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Sound Exposure and Risk Assessment of Wireless Network Devices

Objective

Public exposure to electromagnetic fields in the radio frequency spectrum has increased dramatically in the last two decades. Although research has mainly focused on the exposure and health risk evaluations of cellular networks and mobile phones in recent years, studies on the effects of the pervasive and prolonged EMF exposure on human health due to the exponential growth of wireless network device usage in homes, offices and schools are lacking. The proposed project SEAWIND aims (1) to provide a comprehensive assessment of the incident field exposure in typical living scenarios such as in homes, offices and classrooms by installed wireless local area networks (WLAN or WiFi) or wireless metropolitan area networks (WMAN or WiMAX), body-mounted and body-worn wireless personal area networks (WPAN) and WLAN devices, and specific wireless applications in industry, e.g. novel RFID logistic applications; (2) to numerically determine the induced fields in the human body using a set of models representing the human population; and (3) to screen potential biological sensitivities at the molecular, developmental and functional levels in cells. The necessary technology will also be developed to accurately assess the exposures for device compliance testing and to accurately assess in situ exposures. The comprehensive risk assessment will be based on the findings of this project, addressing the specificity of the exposure of wireless networks combined with the current body of literature on biological interactions of EMF covering the entire radio-frequency spectrum. A comparison to other exposures such as cellular mobile devices, base stations, TV, Radio, etc will also be included.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

FORSCHUNGSSTIFTUNG FUR INFORMATIONSTECHNOLOGIE UND GESELLSCHAFT
Address
Zeughausstrasse 43
8004 Zurich
Switzerland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 807 300
Administrative Contact
Jacqueline Pieper (Ms.)

Participants (8)

IMINDS

Participation ended

Belgium
Address
Technologiepark 19
9052 Gent
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dominique Moens (Ms.)
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 372 052
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dominique Moens (Ms.)
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 231 108
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gert Frølund Pedersen (Prof.)
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 175 080
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Theodoros Samaras (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 403 679,75
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAT BASEL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 564 060
Address
Petersplatz 1
4051 Basel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Primo Schär (Prof.)
DIALOGIK GEMEINNUTZIGE GESELLSCHAFT FUR KOMMUNIKATIONS UND KOOPERATIONSFORSCHUNG MBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 250 160
Address
Lerchenstrasse 22
70176 Stuttgart
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Agnes Lampke (Ms.)
Schmid & Partner Engineering AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 186 160
Address
Zeughausstrasse 43
8004 Zurich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Katja Pokovic (Dr.)