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Flere og flere børn og unge får sovemedicin
Denmark Created: 14 Mar 2019
Børnelæge finder det bekymrende, at flere og flere børn og unge får sovemedicinen melatonin.

Trods massivt politisk fokus på at reducere forbruget af sovemedicin til børn fortsætter stigningen.

Det skriver Berlingske på baggrund af tal fra Sundhedsdatastyrelsen.

I 2017 var 9570 børn og unge under 18 år brugere af den receptpligtige sovemedicin melatonin. Det er en stigning på fire procent fra året før.

Ser man lidt længere tilbage på udviklingen fra 2011 til 2016, steg antallet af brugere i aldersgruppen med 99 procent, fremgår det af Ugeskrift for Læger.

Børnelæge Jesper Brandt Andersen, der har fulgt udviklingen tæt, kalder udviklingen bekymrende.

- Det er en bekymrende udvikling, vi ser, og der er klart brug for at gøre noget for at bekæmpe den. Medicin er ofte den letteste løsning, men det er langtfra den bedste, siger børnelægen til Berlingske.

Ifølge Berlingske viser adskillige undersøgelser, at medicinen ikke har nogen nævneværdig positiv effekt på børnenes søvn. Der er desuden usikkerhed om, hvorvidt medicinen kan give alvorlige bivirkninger på sigt.

De fleste børn og unge, der får ordineret sovemedicin, er i behandling for psykiatriske diagnoser som autisme og adhd. Der er dog også frygt for, at medicinen i stigende omfang gives til ellers raske børn.

I 2017 var det en fjerdedel af de børn og unge, der for første gang indløste en recept på melatonin, der ikke havde en diagnose eller et medicinforbrug, der ellers kunne foranledige brug af sovemedicinen.

I 2016 blev der sat gang i undersøgelser af, hvorfor flere børn og unge tager sovemedicin, der ellers er beregnet til ældre.

Anders Beich, praktiserende læge og formand for Dansk Selskab for Almen Medicin, kommer med en mulig forklaring på stigningen.

- Når forbruget samlet set stiger, tror jeg, at det har noget at gøre med, at flere får søvnproblemer og psykiatriske diagnoser. Det skal man være bekymret over og undersøge grundigt, siger Anders Beich.

Han mener, at man bør afprøve ikkemedicinske løsninger, før man bruger sovemedicin.

- Det kunne være tyngdedyner og kugledyner, siger Anders Beich.

Han fortæller, at man i dag ikke ved meget om, hvordan det påvirker børn og unge at få melatonin.

- Melatonin er et hormonlignende stof, som kan have virkninger i kroppen, som vi ikke har styr på. For det er dårligt undersøgt, hvad der sker med børn og unge, når de får melatonin, siger Anders Beich.

Sundhedsminister Ellen Trane Nørby (V) mener ligeledes, at der skal gøres noget.

- Vi skal have nedbragt forbruget af melatonin blandt børn og unge, siger hun.

- Grundlæggende skal børn ikke have sovemedicin, medmindre det er helt særlige tilfælde, særligt når ingen kender langtidsvirkningen af melatoninbrug hos børn.

- Det er foruroligende, at vi stadig ser en stigning i antallet af brugere.

- Vi er nødt til at sætte ind, og det skal vi gøre med de rette initiativer, og derfor har jeg bedt Sundhedsstyrelsen om at komme med forslag til indsatser, vi kan iværksætte, siger sundhedsministeren.
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Source: Fyens Stifttidende, Ritzau, 13 Mar 2019

Læger slår alarm: Forbrug af sovemedicin blandt børn og unge bliver ved med at stige – og vi aner ikke, hvad det gør ved dem
Denmark Created: 14 Mar 2019
Næsten 10000 børn og unge under 17 år får ordineret sovemedicin, selv om det ikke virker og frygtes at kunne give bivirkninger på længere sigt. Stressede familier og timer foran diverse skærme kan være medvirkende forklaringer på udviklingen, vurderer bekymrede læger.

Stress i familierne og et omfattende tidsforbrug bag diverse TV- og computerskærme bidrager til, at tusindvis af danske børn og unge må have medicinsk hjælp til at falde i søvn.

Trods massivt politisk fokus på at reducere forbruget af melatonin fortsætter antallet af unge og børn helt ned til 5-10 års alderen, der får ordineret den omstridte sovemedicin, med at stige.

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Source: Berlingske Tidende, Flemming Steen Pedersen, 13 Mar 2019

Ontario to ban cellphones from classrooms during instructional time
Canada Created: 13 Mar 2019
TORONTO -- Cellphones will be banned in Ontario classrooms during instructional time, starting in September -- news that some suggest is meant to distract from ongoing criticism over autism funding.

Education Minister Lisa Thompson said in a statement Tuesday that a formal announcement is coming soon.

"Ontario's students need to be able to focus on their learning -- not their cellphones," she wrote. "By banning cellphone use that distracts from learning, we are helping students to focus on acquiring the foundational skills they need like reading, writing and math."

Some schools already have similar policies, but the province will issue a directive to all public schools for the 2019-20 school year, government sources told The Canadian Press. How to enforce the ban would be up to individual boards and schools.

Exceptions would be made for when teachers want to use cellphones as part of their lesson, for medical reasons and students with special needs.

Harvey Bischof, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation, said it doesn't sound like the policy will differ from what is already happening in schools.

"The notion that teachers are simply allowing inappropriate cellphone use at the moment is incorrect," he said.

"My suspicion is the only thing it's meant to change is the discussion that's going on around the return of kids on the autism spectrum to schools on April the 1st without the appropriate supports."

Thompson announced additional money for school boards and training for teachers Monday as hundreds of kids may soon enter school because they will get less funding for therapy. Changes the government is making to the Ontario Autism Program as of April 1 have come under fierce criticism from parents and advocates, who say kids now won't the levels of therapy they need.

NDP education critic Marit Stiles noted that a recent memo from the education ministry advised school boards to defer filling vacancies for retirements and other leaves for teachers and other staff until a promised update by March 15.

That could mean education cuts, larger class sizes or changes to full-day kindergarten, Stiles suggested.

"I think that this (announcement) has everything to do with a government that's trying to distract from the really serious and considerable concerns of families and education workers," she said.

The Green party questioned why a government focused on cutting red tape is introducing "a top-down regulation that complicates things for educators on the front line."

The Tory government conducted education consultations last year, and while input on the sex-education curriculum dominated headlines, feedback was also gathered on a potential classroom cellphone ban. About 97 per cent of respondents favoured some sort of restriction on phones in class.

"It was the closest thing we got in our consultation to unanimity," one source said.

The Progressive Conservatives had proposed such a ban in their platform during last year's election campaign.

The Ontario Public School Boards' Association did not provide comment Tuesday, but in its submission to the government consultations it had urged the province to continue allowing school boards to make their own decisions.

"Students need to be discerning digital citizens and opportunities should be provided within the curriculum to allow students to safely explore various uses and risks of technology in an intentionally guided and supportive environment," the association wrote.

"Schools and teachers have well-established limits and boundaries with regard to cellphone use in schools and the classroom, similar to other classroom expectations, which are designed to create positive learning environments."

The Toronto District School Board used to have a cellphone ban, but reversed it after four years to let teachers dictate what works best for their classrooms. The board has previously said that enforcing an outright ban was next to impossible, and said that to curb technology use would be to place limits on educational opportunities as well.

Spokesman Ryan Bird said the TDSB encourages appropriate uses of technology in classrooms.

"We leave cellphone use up to individual schools and classrooms to do what works best for them," he said.

A 2015 London School of Economics and Political Science paper found that "student performance in high stakes exams significantly increases" with a ban on mobile phones. The improvements were largely seen among the students who were normally the lowest achieving.
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Source: The Canadian Press, Allison Jones, 12 Mar 2019

ICNIRP will relax guidelines to accommodate 5G
United Kingdom Created: 12 Mar 2019
Safety restrictions on how much radiation phone masts are allowed to emit are to be relaxed next month, ahead of the introduction of 5G networks.

ICNIRP, the global scientific body used to set standards on radio frequency emissions from smartphones, WiFi routers and phone masts, will vote on easing its guidelines next month.

The Munich-headquartered organisation, made up of a dozen scientists, believe the existing rules can be relaxed without any health risks.

Telecoms companies have been hoping the restrictions will be relaxed to allow them to set up next-generation mobile networks, which will require more powerful signals.

The World Health Organisation is currently studying whether radiation from mobile networks is harmful, in an attempt to settle disagreements among researchers about the signals allegedly increasing the risk of cancer.

Fierce opposition to phone towers in residential areas across the country has persisted for almost two decades, owing to concerns the radiation they emit might be harmful to public health.

Campaigners have stepped up opposition ahead of the new networks as the successor to 4G will need more masts to provide the necessary coverage, each operating at a higher frequency. The current limits were created in 1999. The government rules that any manufacturer must ensure masts, or phones, comply.

Around 25,000 masts or cell sites are needed to cover mainland UK on the current network. But when data rates rise with 5G, they will need to push more power into the radio signal and larger coverage, New masts may appear on bus stops, lamp posts and in homeowners’ TV set top boxes.

Mobile phone companies promise the new networks will contribute billions to the economy owing to their super fast speeds that can accelerate smart cities, homes and driverless cars. Matthew Fell, the UK policy chief at the Confederation for British Industry last month urged politicians to help “supercharge broadband and 5G to stop UK economy from buffering”, and stop it being overshadowed by Brexit.

Vodafone announced last week that it is launching 5G in 19 towns and cities across the UK this year. The US has similar trials taking place across the country, backed by Donald Trump who wrote on Twitter that he wanted the technology “as soon as possible”.
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Source: Telegraph, Margi Murphy, 09 Mar 2019

New EHS website & forums: EMR Sanctuary
Australia Created: 5 Mar 2019
EMR Aware is pleased to announce a new online forum "EMR Sanctuary" - It is dedicated to the increasing number of persons affected by electro-sensitivity, or EHS.

Included are five membership discussion boards as follows.

General Discussion: Personal stories, appeals. Events, notices, calls to action.

Getaways: Low radiation areas. EMR-free communities, forming. Travel and lodging.

Detection: EMR monitoring, meters, surveys. Tower finding, coverage maps.

Countermeasures: Distance, shielding, architecture. Alternative technologies, hardwiring. Nutrition, lifestyle.

Technical Q+A: Workings of personal devices, hotspots, towers. Community opposition, strategy.

This initiative intended to address prevailing conditions within Australia. However, there are no geographical restrictions upon joining. All that is required is completion of a simple online form. At that time, an anonymous username may be chosen. As always, our subscriber lists will not be used for unrelated purposes.

You are invited to sign up now at www.emrsanctuary.com. Together, we can create sharing and unity of purpose required to successfully promote safer technologies and regulatory standards. Given the arrival of beam-like 5G networks, millions of small cell antennas and thousands of internet satellites, nothing less than the future well-being of humanity is at stake.

Please help spread the word by forwarding this email to as many interested persons as possible.


Best regards,

The EMR Aware Team

www.emraware.com

www.emrsanctuary.com
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Source: EMR Sanctuary, P Nielsen, 03 Mar 2019

Somerset parent pulls child out of school due to wi-fi radiation
United Kingdom Created: 5 Mar 2019
They claim their child has suffered from 41 nasty side-effects stemming from wi-fi waves.

A parent has taken their child out of a Somerset school because of dangerous wi-fi radiation there, they have claimed.

They say they have been forced into home-schooling after their child began to suffer from a long line of serious symptoms that they believe have stemmed from wi-fi radiation.

In a letter to local newspaper Western Gazette the parent wrote that society must do something about the issue or "we will be no more".

Due to legal reasons, the parent cannot be identified.

They wrote: "We have had to resort to home-schooling our child this year due to the effects of wi-fi at school and the unwillingness of the school to take appropriate action in consequence and the fact that it seems every school in the area has wi-fi.

"Lo and behold every one of these symptoms disappears when there is no wi-fi (as at home).

"The full situation only came fully to light as a result of a series of school absences. It would seem that, as is often, children ‘manage’ such symptoms and don’t want to make a fuss of them. What else is going on in the body, we dread to think.

"As parents we have also experienced similar effects and we know many others who have as well. Sometimes the effects have been so bad as to result in the need to resign from a job."
The 41 claimed side-effects of wi-fi

The parent has claimed their child has suffered from:

Tinnitus (buzzing in the ears)
Headaches
Head feeling strange
Pressure in head
Bloodspots from nose
Heart palpitations
Difficulty concentrating
Forgetfulness
Speech affected (word selection)
Redness of the face
Itchy skin
Skin rashes
Anxiety
Crying (or feeling like)
Agitation
Depression
Mood swings
Discomfort
Disconnection
Feeling out of control
Apathy
Loss of empathy
Loss of appetite
Nausea
Tummy pains or wind
Pain and / or stiffness in joints and muscles
Muscle spasms
Aching or restless limbs
Weak limbs
Stabbing pains
Poor decision making
Loss of balance
Flu-like symptoms
Nerve twinges
Avoiding eye contact
Eyelids flickering or twitching
Dry, itchy or smarting eyes
Shortness of breath
Excessive trips to the loo
Vomiting in mouth
Hair and eyelash loss



The parent wrote: "The absolutely crazy thing about wi-fi is that the Access Points (usually located on walls or ceilings or indeed hidden) transmit strong signals continuously even when no-one is using the wi-fi! I have heard it that the school register can only be taken using a wireless tablet. How ridiculous is that!

"If people don’t know, wi-fi consists of pulsed polarised microwave radiation. Incidentally, there may be other ways to connect wirelessly without the risk of harm. For instance li-fi modulates light (abundant and natural) - although systems such as li-fi are in their infancy.

"Over the last year too it has been noted in the media that increased screen time is associated with increased ill health. Many ‘screens’ are used wirelessly it would seem. Some, as in homes and offices, are not.

"What a good time to review wireless use and start cutting back on it for the sake of yours and the planet’s future!"

The parent added: "Some people say ‘we can’t do without all this’ but without doing something about it, we will be no more – along with the insects and other creatures whose numbers we hear are decreasing alarmingly (human fertility has reduced by some 60% in the last 30 or so years – the same period over which wireless has been introduced).

"There have been numerous appeals and declarations over recent years to the WHO and the UN. Is it therefore not time to think about our future and start reducing reliance on wireless and find other, better ways to do things?

"Much is talked about environmental pollution these days. This wireless radiation, given its prevalence, is pollution like no other."

Somerset County Council has been approached for a comment on the matter.
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Source: Somerset Live, Tomas Malloy, 28 Feb 2019

Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain
USA Created: 26 Feb 2019
My name is Kevin, and I have a phone problem.

And if you’re anything like me — and the statistics suggest you probably are, at least where smartphones are concerned — you have one, too.

I don’t love referring to what we have as an “addiction.” That seems too sterile and clinical to describe what’s happening to our brains in the smartphone era. Unlike alcohol or opioids, phones aren’t an addictive substance so much as a species-level environmental shock. We might someday evolve the correct biological hardware to live in harmony with portable supercomputers that satisfy our every need and connect us to infinite amounts of stimulation. But for most of us, it hasn’t happened yet.

I’ve been a heavy phone user for my entire adult life. But sometime last year, I crossed the invisible line into problem territory. My symptoms were all the typical ones: I found myself incapable of reading books, watching full-length movies or having long uninterrupted conversations. Social media made me angry and anxious, and even the digital spaces I once found soothing (group texts, podcasts, YouTube k-holes) weren’t helping. I tried various tricks to curb my usage, like deleting Twitter every weekend, turning my screen grayscale and installing app-blockers. But I always relapsed.

Eventually, in late December, I decided that enough was enough. I called Catherine Price, a science journalist and the author of “How to Break Up With Your Phone,” a 30-day guide to eliminating bad phone habits. And I begged her for help.

Mercifully, she agreed to be my phone coach for the month of January, and walk me through her plan, step by step. Together, we would build a healthy relationship with my phone, and try to unbreak my brain.

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Source: New York Times, Kevin Roose, 23 Feb 2019

5G buildout will be more involved than we’ve been led to believe
United Kingdom Created: 26 Feb 2019
The 5G spectrum that each cellular network operator has license to will have ramifications for the 5G mobile telephony infrastructure they will have to build. Here we’ll take a look at what the industry knows about the behavior of signals at 5G frequencies and what that might mean for their deployment plans.

From the moment that the wireless industry decided it would make use of higher frequencies for 5G transmission, everyone has known spectrum would have some ramifications for those deployment plans. One issue, it turns out, will probably not be that big of a deal, the other somewhat more consequential, but neither is addressed very often. Both derive from what’s commonly known: the higher the frequency of a wireless signal, the less well it propagates and the less able it is to penetrate obstacles. So as a practical matter:

In contrast to deploying 3G and 4G, deploying 5G will require distinct indoor and outdoor strategies.
5G base stations will have to be spaced more closely, necessitating more of them, especially in densely populated areas.

That first concern would have been a much bigger problem for 5G but for a solution already widely adopted in response to another issue entirely. When operators of 4G networks got concerned they would become strapped for capacity, they began to support dual mode (cellular / Wi-Fi) handsets. A significant amount of what would have been wireless network traffic is now shunted off to Wi-Fi. Dual-mode operation represented a relief valve for the growing traffic problem.

Also, and it doesn’t happen all that often, but there are indoors areas where 4G reception is diminished or lacking. Dual-mode operation has been the answer for that, too.

And that points to why dual-mode operation is a blessing for operators evolving their networks to 5G. Indoor reception problems are guaranteed with 5G; higher-frequency millimeter wave signals in particular will not penetrate walls. If dual mode hadn’t already become a common feature, the industry would have had to introduce it.

An alternative would have been to create small cells that combine 4G and 5G (and probably Wi-Fi anyway). Wireless network operators have been considering small cells for more than 15 years, but if small cells were the best solution for anything we’d have them already. Nobody will deploy extra customer premise equipment (CPE) if they can get out of it to avoid the costs to buy and maintain it.

One other thing: network operators will be retaining all their 4G infrastructure. When 5G wireless phone subscribers who don’t enable Wi-Fi end up in 5G dead spots, they’ll be connected via 4G instead. So the bright 5G future for an awful lot of mobile phone use will actually be Wi-Fi and 4G. Feel the 5G excitement yet?

Weak signal propagation with 5G frequencies is the more serious constraint for mobile telephony, however, and it turns out that mmWave frequencies are not all created equal.

Buildings, hills, trees and other physical objects – even people (especially people, where there are crowds) will obstruct any mmWave signal.

Water vapor – humidity – will cause signal loss at 24 GHz. Oxygen is an impediment at 60 GHz. You read that right – the stuff in the atmosphere that is an absolute requirement for life on Earth can be a problem (see Figure 1).

As a practical matter, under most circumstances, water vapor and oxygen might ding a link budget by only a decibel or so, but then there will be circumstances in which it will be serious; rain fade has to be taken into account. “While a strong signal will not suffer, a weak or marginal signal may become unusable in heavy rain conditions,” reported Joel Conover, senior director of Industry Solutions & Digital Marketing at Keysight Technologies, in a recent EDN article.

There are other challenges when moving into mmWave frequencies, some outlined in the same story. For example, when a 5G receiver is moving at speed (say, 30 mph), channel coherence at frequencies of 6 MHz and below will be measured in milliseconds. In the millimeter range, that drops to microseconds. Not impossible to deal with, but it will have to be dealt with.

Previous estimates have been that the average distance between 5G base stations might be 250m to 300m. With combined effect of all the potential impediments, most equipment designers are targeting 150 meters to 200 meters apart everywhere, simply to get adequate coverage, Conover reports.

By way of contrast, 4G cells in densest urban areas might be as close as 400 meters to 800 meters apart (in more open areas they might be a kilometer or two apart, or more).

Wireless operators are going to have to install more 5G base stations than they did to support 4G, they’re going to have to install more 5G base stations than they originally estimated. This is going to increase the expense of rolling out 5G.

It is instructive to consider this when regarding wireless companies’ efforts to induce the Federal government to force local jurisdictions to reduce or eliminate pole attachment fees.

What does this mean for each wireless provider?

The only competitor that might possibly eke some edge out of all of this is T-Mobile. T-Mobile stocked up on licenses for spectrum at 6 GHz and below (< 6 GHz), and it plans to have its initial rollout of 5G services reliant almost solely on that spectrum. It also says it will use mmWave spectrum (assuming it wins the licenses it desires) at some later date to expand its 5G coverage.

Using mostly spectrum at < 6 GHz, T-Mobile might be able to establish its 5G network with greater spacing between cells, which would mean it will be able to get up and running having installed fewer cells at a lower total cost. It might end up with more reliable service, though that remains to be seen.

T-Mobile will eventually have to install more cells more closely packed when it does finally supplement its 5G coverage using mmWave spectrum, true, but at the very worst the company seems to have charted a path with the most measured approach possible to 5G-related capital expenditures.

The other major wireless network operators appear on a course where they will be mixing-and-matching <6 GHz and mmWave coverage sooner rather than later.

It makes no sense to install multiple, distinct sets of base stations, with each set dedicated to transmission at a single frequency. It would be exceedingly expensive, and exceedingly difficult from a logistics perspective, given the complexity of the process of siting cells.

Since every major wireless network operator will be mixing and matching 5G spectrum to get maximum coverage, all of them (with the possible exception of T-Mobile – and then only in the short term) wireless network operators will be compelled to space their 5G base stations at 150m-200m distances, regardless of the spectrum they have license to use.

Back in February, when companies were still early in the process of field testing 5G transmission systems, the Small Cell Forum estimated that by 2025, the industry will have installed 13.1 million 5G or multimode small cells. That is almost certainly now an undercount.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently in the process of selling licenses to 24 GHz and 28 GHz spectrum in separate, parallel auctions. There are 40 companies who have lodged bids for licenses in one or both; most are small regional companies. As has been the case with almost every US spectrum auction thus far, the biggest companies are expected to win the vast majority of licenses.

AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Cox Communications, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Windstream are the biggest companies competing for licenses for 24 GHz spectrum. Another notable bidder is Starry, an ambitious startup.

Verizon already has licenses to quite a bit of 28 GHz spectrum through its $1.8 billion acquisition of XO Communications in 2017. The list of network operators likely to snap up the majority of the remaining 28 GHz spectrum is almost, but not quite, the same as the list for the 24 GHz auction: AT&T (through AT&T Spectrum Frontiers), Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Frontier Communications and Windstream.
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Source: EDN Network, Brian Santo, 19 Dec 2018

The race to 5G technology needs to take public health into account
USA Created: 25 Feb 2019
Regarding the Feb 20 Economy & Business article “U.S. has strong start in race for 5G, report says”:

The telecom industry touts 5G’s future benefits, most of which are still speculative, while ignoring its significant costs. Not everyone in Congress agrees that rapid deployment of 5G is a national imperative. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) first want proof that it’s safe.

It’s unlikely they’ll get any, because the Federal Communications Commission has protected its pet industry for years. It prohibits objections to wireless devices on health grounds as long as they comply with radio-frequency radiation guidelines adopted in 1996 and never updated for newer technology. It rejected the first national study done since then, which found clear evidence linking 2G and 3G to cancer in rats, as irrelevant to humans. And it only considers effects caused by heating, ignoring the serious nonthermal effects. Up until now, most of the public’s exposure to radio-frequency radiation has come from handheld devices. Upon deployment of the dense networks of small cells planned for 5G, which will also have 4G antennas to fill in bandwidth gaps, public exposure will reach a whole new level of magnitude. Thousands of independent scientific studies have shown that the electromagnetic radio waves that transmit wireless signals seriously damage living tissues — in humans, animals, even plants.

Ironically, other countries have responded by adopting far stricter RF exposure standards than the United States — including China.

Linnea Warren, Washington
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Source: Washington Post, Linnea Warren, 24 Feb 2019

Motorola’s 5G phone will have proximity shutoff sensors to limit exposure to millimeter waves
USA Created: 19 Feb 2019
Last August, Motorola announced what might still wind up being the world’s first true 5G phone — the Verizon-exclusive Moto Z3 with an optional 5G Moto Mod. It’s a snap-on module that the company promised would give you an insanely fast 5Gbps cellular connection, faster than most landlines these days. But Moto Z3 buyers had to take the company’s word for that, because the 5G Mod wouldn’t be available until “early 2019,” when Verizon’s 5G NR network is due to launch in the United States.

Well, the 5G Moto Mod just crossed the FCC today, and it came with a surprise in tow — a document that has more details about how it’ll work than I thought the company would ever publicly reveal.

And one of those details is sure to surprise some people, even if it’s not necessarily something anyone should actually worry about. Namely, the 5G Moto Mod will feature proximity sensors that shut off any of its four millimeter wave 5G antennas if your fingers get too close.

Here’s a portion of Motorola’s description:

As mentioned in the device description, capacitive and proximity sensors are used to disable transmission from a given mm-wave antenna array module when a user may be located in close proximity to the module and in a direction in which the module may transmit. The control mechanism is a simple one in which, if proximity detectors indicate the potential presence of the user within a roughly conical region in front of the module where power density may approach the MPE limit, that module is disabled from use by the modem. This terminates and prevents transmission from the module in question until the condition is cleared.

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Source: The Verge, Sean Hollister, 16 Feb 2019

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