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Sound Exposure and Risk Assessment of Wireless Network Devices

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.

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)

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IMINDS

Belgium

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 372 052

AALBORG UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 231 108

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 175 080

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 403 679,75

UNIVERSITAT BASEL

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 564 060

DIALOGIK GEMEINNUETZIGE GESELLSCHAFT FUER KOMMUNIKATIONS- UND KOOPERATIONSFORSCHUNG mbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 250 160

Schmid & Partner Engineering AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 186 160

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244149

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2009

  • End date

    30 November 2012

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 918 770

  • EU contribution

    € 2 989 599,75

Coordinated by:

FORSCHUNGSSTIFTUNG FUR INFORMATIONSTECHNOLOGIE UND GESELLSCHAFT

Switzerland

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