Smartphones: The New “Cell Towers”
Posted by GreenSwanStaff at September 30th, 2014
Qualcomm and other tech companies are experimenting with new technology that would effectively obviate the need for cell towers by turning our smartphones into “mini-towers” – a mesh or swarm of “tower” broadcasts emanating from every smartphone within a 500 meter radius.
Known as LTE Direct, this wireless and “towerless” ecosystem, will soon allow smartphones to provide signal to cell phones nearby without the need for cellular towers.
On the one hand, parents who have been protesting across the country trying to prevent the installation of cell towers near their children’s schools can soon derive comfort from the fact that cell towers may become obsolete. On the other hand, those same parents should be aware that this new technology will drop a “cell tower” into their child’s pocket. Smartphones will become “towers.” The radiation exposure and effect on living tissue of these new tech advances has not yet been defined. We are already cognizant of the fact that cell phones, in their current capacity, have never been tested or certified to be used near the body. Once they start providing signal in addition to receiving it, we stand a chance of exposing ourselves to a greater radiation effect.
500 meters distance around cell towers and the new smartphone “tower” may well pose significant health risks. Adilza Dode, PhD, a Brazilian scientist published a peer reviewed study in 2011 which demonstrated an alarming spike in terminal cancer to people living closer than 500 meters from a cell tower or base station. Dr. Dode, at the conclusion of her study stated that “pollution caused by the electromagnetic fields (EMF) and radio frequencies (RF) generated by the telecommunications system is one of the greatest environmental problems of this century.”
In trying to protect yourself and your loved ones from cellular radiation remember that “distance is your friend.” The smartphones will only get more powerful. Re-train yourselves to keep the phone away from the head and body. If smartphones are soon to be the next “cell towers,” the need for safer handling has become even more paramount.