The introduction of 5G as mainstream technology has been welcomed the world over with enthusiasm. It will boost economies, grow industries and improve living standards for much of the global population. With every macro evolution though, comes controversy. The roll out of 5G has been met with trepidation by many public and community groups. Concerns over the potential health risks caused by radio frequency (RF) energy transmitted by 5G base stations are undoubtedly on the up, with some people backing the claims that increased, involuntary RF exposure can lead to thermal damage of the skin or cornea.
Involuntary exposure of the public to RF energy will continue to evolve, and be regulated, in accordance with our global transition towards a connected world. In fact, standardisation is already being tightened to ensure our safety, with the IEC/IEEE standardisation bodies working to ensure that current and future 5G devices all conform to exposure levels as defined by ICNIRP and WHO.
This whitepaper is about public health concerns, the standards evolving to ensure best practices, and the tools available to help city councils monitor RF levels and inform their communities.