In: Exhibitions, Press releases 18 May 2017 Tags: , , , , ,

Human and Field: Submission or Interaction/ ATDI and CAS WUT Symposium (STERDYŃ 19-21 MAY 2017)


The deployment of different sources of electromagnetic fields (EMF) to cater for the telecommunication and ICT needs of urban and rural communities has developed very rapidly. This has been due to strong competition, ongoing traffic growth, quality-of-service requirements, network coverage extension and the introduction of new technologies. It has prompted concern on the possible effects of prolonged exposure on people’s health. The growing concern in some countries about electromagnetic field exposure from antenna towers has led to imposition of new legislation and/or regulations, to ensure protection of the public health. Public concern about possible health hazards due to continued exposure to EMF has become a significant issue for regulators and service providers in some markets. The regulation of non-ionizing radiations contains exposure standards and emission standards. The exposure standards are specifications that limit the exposure of people to the electromagnetic fields, and the emission standards are specifications that limit the emission of electromagnetic fields from the devices. The EMF assessment methods depend on site and environment; calculations are suitable in many cases and have significant benefits (accurate, fast and cost effective), whereas measurements are usually only required in very complex environments. Field monitoring is effective for the safety of workers when working on towers. While, field surveys can provide public reassurance, continuous monitoring has limited long term benefit, when electromagnetic fields levels are low and stable. The ITU estimates that seven billion people (95 per cent of the global population) live in an area that is covered by a mobile-cellular network. Mobile-broadband networks (3G or above) reach 84 per cent of the global population but only 67 per cent of the rural population. The electromagnetic fields are undetectable by people, and the lack of communication and information to citizens can generate a lack of trust, which may become fear. Global technical standards can help facilitate compliance with international exposure guidelines, strengthen collaboration among stakeholders, ensure transparency, and promote communication with citizens. In 2009, the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) reconfirmed its 1998 radio frequency “guidelines on limiting exposure to high and radiofrequency fields in the range (100 kHz–300 GHz).” The World Health Organization (WHO) is developing an update of the Environment Health Criteria (EHC) monograph on radiofrequency fields. The current position of the WHO is that the ICNIRP guidelines provide protection for all persons from all established health hazards. However, there are gaps in scientific knowledge and research is on-going. Above a certain threshold exposure level, the absorption of radiofrequency (RF) EMF energy by the body or a part of the body results in a rise in body temperature. The absorption of RF is measured in terms of the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR). The SAR limits are set with a safety margin, below the threshold level at which the body temperature starts to rise. The human body is efficient at maintaining its temperature and has sophisticated mechanisms to prevent the temperature from rising when heat is absorbed from any source, as demonstrated by our ability to live in varying climatic conditions from cold to hot all around the world. Around the world, the use of mobile phones and other wireless systems is expanding rapidly. While this provides the opportunity for advances in public and personal safety, education, medicine and the economy, it also brings new responsibilities and challenges for local authorities. In particular, there have been some concerns, that along with the benefits brought by wireless networks, there may also be risks to health.
Dr. Haim Mazar ATDI, Spectrum Management and Engineering, Vice Chair ITU-R Study Group 5 (terrestrial services)


Jack Rowley – Senior Director Research & Sustainability, GSMA
Abstract: Cellular mobile networks rely on continuous coverage from mobile network antennas sites to provide connectivity to portable devices. The radio connection between the fixed antenna sites and the mobile device is constantly monitored and the output power adjusted to maintain the target communication service, initially voice but increasingly now data. Any person using a mobile or portable telecommunications device is exposed to the radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) that are transmitted by the device and network antennas. These RF-EMF transmissions are necessary to convey the communication signals (voice or data) between the device and its corresponding wireless network. This paper will review existing research on the relative radiofrequency (RF) exposure levels and factors that influence exposures for both fixed and mobile sources. Both sources typically result in exposure levels that are a small fraction of international RF exposure guidelines. For example, mobile devices typically operate at about 1% of their maximum power [1, 2] and the mean environmental RF levels from cellular mobile communications systems are typically less than 0.1 μW/cm2 (the international public limit is 450 μW/cm2 at 900 MHz) [3].In some countries misunderstanding by the public and policy makers has been associated with the adoption of policies that cause inefficient deployment of cellular services. Scientifically based policy for the siting of antennas is associated with lower levels of public concern and more efficient antenna deployment. Some good practice policy recommendations are proposed based on evidence and practical experience.

Haim Mazar – RF Spectrum and Engineering ITU Expert Vice Chair of ITU-R Study Group 5
Abstract: Compliance with human exposure limits for electromagnetic fields (EMFs) is a significant health and safety issue to regulators, service providers and wireless equipment suppliers. The recent exposure limits are reported. In addition to WHO, IEEE and ICNIRP, following the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in 2014 (PP14) Resolution 176 on “Human exposure to and measurement of electromagnetic fields”, ITU-R, D and T are most active to regulate and standardise the radio aspects of the EMF. The Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) and the power-density (PD) reference levels in European countries, USA, Canada, China, Japan and Korea are compared and contrasted. The allowed SAR cellular handsets’ exposure limits for localized heating are more restrictive in the USA, Canada and Korea (1.6 W/kg), relative to others (2 W/kg). Even the averaging is more restrictive: averaged over 1 g in N. America and Korea, versus 10 g tissue in ICNIRP 1998 and ANSI/IEEE C95.1-2006. Europe in general follows the ICNIRP 1998 PD levels from base stations. Despite the (non-mandatory) EU Council Recommendation 1999/519/EC, some EU countries adopt more restrictive thresholds. USA and Japan are the most liberal countries, adopting in 300–1,500 MHz power- density 4/3 of the ICNIRP1998 and IEEE 2006 levels. On 13 March 2015, Health Canada revised the 2009 PD limits (that were identical to the USA) and published more restrictive reference levels. There is no scientific reason to use different exposure limits in different countries. Some explanations of the different limits are provided.

Sébastien Grimoud – Engineer specialized in spectrum management
Abstract: The potential health risks of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF EMFs) emitted by cellular networks (GSM, UMTS, Wifi…) are currently of considerable public interest. A very important issue is the requirement for coexistence between wireless equipment and people living around those types of transmitters. In the last few years a noticeable acceleration in the activities related to the technical standards in the area of the human exposure of electromagnetic fields has been investigated at international, European and national levels. Notifications have been specified by the European Union to the regulation authorities and cellular operators in the Europe union community (IEEE standard 95.1-11999). The purpose of those recommendations was to take into account the potential health risk especially when the antennas used by the operators are located in urban areas (usually located on rooftops) and when they are close to sensitive areas like hospital, schools, people living near by the RF transmitters… Today, the observance of existing EMF maximum permissible levels (standards) is mandatory for all base station equipment installations. • The maximum permissible exposure (MPE) in a frequency range from 10kHz to 300GHz. • The area of exposition risk where the field strength is higher than the acceptable level (in outdoor or indoor environment). • All the EMF (electromagnetic fields) sources with different frequencies and different modulations. • Full access to clear and accurate information about EMF emitting sources.


Human and Field: Submission or Interaction/ ATDI and CAS WUT Symposium Program

Harmonogram/Program of the Symposium

19 maja 2017/ 19th of May 2017


Wyjazd z Warszawy/ Departure from Warsaw


Przyjazd/Arrival  to Sterdyń




Rozpoczęcie Sympozjum/ Inauguration


Dyskusja Panelowa/Podium Discussion



20 maja 2017/ 20th of May 2017



9:30- 9:50

Molecular dissociation with low frequency electromagnetic radiation

Dr. Krzysztof Kempa, Department of Physics, Boston College, USA


Modern IEEE 802.11 standards and their impact on the electromagnetic environment in highly urbanized areas

Prof. Zbigniew Piotrowski, Telecommunications at Military University of Technology (MUT), Poland


ATDI calculation method to identify high field strength exposure hot points at few meters precision

MSc. Eng. Sébastien Grimoud, Ingénieur spécialiste de la gestion du spectre, France


Coffee Break


Factors affecting radiofrequency (RF) exposure levels from mobile devices and network antennas

Dr. Jack Rowley, Senior Director Research & Sustainability, GSMA


Sub-wavelength anti-reflection coatings for THz and millimeter wave region

MSc. Artur Sobczyk, Faculty of Physics, Warsaw University of Technology


Thermal effects in tissues exposed on high frequency electromagnetic wave – 3D simulator results comparisons

Dr. Eng. Grzegorz Domański, MSc. Eng. Michał Wieteska, Institute of Radioelectronics and Multimedia Technology, Warsaw University of Technology



14:00-14: 20

In-vivo effects of tissue electromagnetic exposure by means of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Prof. Piotr Bogorodzki, Institute of Radioelectronics and Multimedia Technology, Warsaw University of Technology


Remarks on quantum and structural approach to the interaction of electromagnetic signals with living systems

Prof. Michał Urbański, Faculty of Physics, Warsaw University of Technology


Coffee Break


The importance of electromagnetic fields’ affect in the context of location sites intended for permanent people’s stay

MSc Marianna Ulanicka, Faculty of Geodesy and Cartography, Warsaw University of Technology


Effects of Electromagnetic Field Emitted by Cellular Phones

Prof. Michael Giersig, Department of Physics, Freie University Berlin


Multiscale Approach to Neural Tissue Modelling

Prof. Jacek Starzyński, Institute of Theory of Electrical Engineering, Measurement and Information Systems, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology

19:00 -21:00

Kolacja Uroczysta/Dinner


Zajęcia wieczorne/ Activities

21 maja 2017/ 21st of May 2017




Human Radio Frequency Exposure Limits: ITU activities and reference levels in Europe, USA, Canada, China, Japan and Korea

Dr. Haim Mazar, RF Spectrum and Engineering ITU Expert, Vice Chair of ITU-R Study Group 5


Nanostructures for Bioelectromagnetism: Sensing, Stimulation, and Demodulation

Prof. Michael J. Naughton, Department of Physics, Boston College (USA)

10:10 -10:30

Nanocomposite for efficient sub-terahertz radiation protection

MSc. Anna Łapińska, Faculty of Physics, Warsaw University of Technology


Podsumowanie/Conclusion remarks






ATDI_ Interference


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Żyjemy wśród fal – czy mamy się czego obawiać?

Żyjemy wśród fal – czy mamy się czego obawiać?

Human and Field: Submission or Interaction | Debata na temat w wpływu fal radiowych na organizm człowieka


Jak fale radiowe wpływają na człowieka?

In: Press releases, Resources 11 May 2017 Tags: , , ,

The debate about the impact of radio waves on human beings has its beginning in Poland 19-21 May 2017

Symposium in partnership with ATDI and Center for Advanced Studies at Warsaw University of Technology.
The main subject of the meeting is “human hazard” and the impact of the electromagnetic waves on living structures. Symposium foresees to take account of large range of issues concerning interactions between electromagnetic field and humans. The experts of different knowledge areas, including physics, medicine and technical sciences, will introduce the newest achievements in the scope. The meeting will bring together young researchers and established scientists, those active in the wide spectrum of applied broadcasting. It gives an excellent opportunity to determine the new challenges, within an international cooperation of advanced researchers and research groups.


The debate about the impact of radio waves on human beings has its beginning in Poland
Health risks associated with the electromagnetic field will be the main topic of “Human and Field: Submission or Interaction” Symposium, organized by ATDI and Center for Advanced Studies of the Warsaw University of Technology. The conference will take place 19-21 May 2017 and will be held under the patronage of the Polish Ministry of Digitization. It will gather notable experts from all over the world.


The symposium „Human and Field: Submission or Interaction” will shed new light on the question of the impact of radio waves on humans. The event organized at the Ossolinski Palace in Sterdyń will be a breakthrough in the public debate and will launch a series of similar meetings around the world.
During the symposium experts from different disciplines, including physics, medicine and engineering sciences, will present the latest achievements and projects related to the problem of waves. The Scientific Committee is composed of eminent professors such as Michael Giersig of the Freie University Berlin, ATDI expert Haim Mazar associated with the ITU and a strong representation of scientists from the Warsaw University of Technology.
Until now, the consequences of the impact of electromagnetic fields on humans were discussed in isolation from research and analysis. They were left in the realm of conjecture and speculation. The theme has accumulated a lot of myths and controversies because of no available reliable research. Opinions are divided. Some believe that exposure to the waves does not matter, while others declare that they feel the effects of the impact of the waves and ask for help to doctors, who often do not have ready-made solutions to help their patients.
The discussion about the impact of waves is particularly important, given the fact that the telecommunications network continues to expand. In 2014, more than half of the world’s population had already used mobile phones, and that number is constantly growing. A similar phenomenon is observed in the case of Internet users. There are already 3 billion of them, out of which 2 billion actively use mobile solutions.


More data to be found on the event’s website:
The symposium is held directly under the auspices of the Ministry of Digital Affairs.

The French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Poland (CCIFP)

Franska Handelskammaren i Sverige



Symposium place: Pałac Ossolińskich, Sterdyń



In: Press releases, Products 04 Mar 2017 Tags: , ,

Field strength exposure


The role of National Regulatory Authorities: human exposure, threat or opportunity?

  • Limited information may cause citizens to worry and complain.
  • Mayors are facing a dilemma: digital growth vs. citizen protection.
  • Although they have limited legal rights to prevent the rollout of base stations, mayors can influence through their local connections.

Worries about human exposure may hamper the development of broadband communications.

Regulator can play the key role of trusted party:

1.Gather technical information from operators;

2.Disclose information publicly;

3.Perform simulation and check potential issue with measurements;

4.Propose remediation technics and discuss implementation with operators;

5.Make your results publicly available;

6.Organize national discussions and issue guidelines.

Human exposure is actually an opportunity to get increased recognition for your public utility, from both general public and politicians.


Field Strength exposure – Inputs required for simulation with ICS telecom:

High resolution cartographic dataset including:

-Digital Terrain Model (DTM) describing the ground altitude of each point

-Building layer describing the contour and the height of each building

-In raster format

-If possible in vector format (SHP for example) (***)

-Image form WMS servers (Bing, Google, …)

-Address database coming from Bing servers


  • Import all transmitting stations on the map operating in the different bands for all services:
  • Mobile (2G, 3G, 4G)
  • Broadcast FM, TV (analogue and digital)
  • With location and technical parameters:
  • Location
  • Frequency
  • Radiated power
  • Antenna patterns
  • Azimuth and tilt
  • Antenna height


Field Strength exposure – 3D coverage calculations:

  • Power sum of all signals received
  • Quadratic power sum
  • ECC 1999 method
  • On building facades
  • and/or
  • Outdoor / Indoor
  • In LOS / NLOS mode
  • From street to building rooftop





3D coverage calculation in 3D (facades)


Display impacted buildings only


Field Strength exposure – Graphical analysis of Hot points:

On a given point (address) Information about:

  • Signals Received
  • Level where each signal is received
  • Station ID producing each signal


Hot points can be located on the 2D view as well


Display Street view images around a given Hot point


Field Strength exposure – Address reporting:

Hot points are automatically reported



Field Strength exposure – Public access:

  • Locations with field strength greater than a given value can be published online
  • Transmitting sites can be located on the map including field strength on buildings
  • Thanks to a geo-reverse location engine, people can get information about exposure level
  • Protected sites can be located on the map (schools, hospitals…)
  • Web portal can be fully customized on demand