The LEXNET project: wireless networks and EMF-paving the way for low-EMF networks of the future
Wireless networks and EMF-paving the way for low-EMF networks of the future: the LEXNET project
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AuthorTesanovic, Milos; Conil, Emmanuelle; De Domenico, Antonio; Agüero Calvo, Ramón; Freudenstein, Frederik; Correia, Luís Miguel Parreira; Bories, Serge; Martens, Luc; Wiedemann, Peter M.; Wiart, Joe
While, according to the World Health Organization, no adverse health effects of radio-frequency (RF) electromagnetic fields (EMFs) have been established to date, EMF exposure from wireless communication networks is nonetheless often cited as a major cause of public concern and is frequently given considerable media coverage. This article presents the results of a new survey on RF-EMF exposure risk perception together with a comprehensive overview of the EMF footprint of existing and emerging networks. On the basis of these findings, we then put forward the rationale for EMF-aware networking. Subsequently, we highlight the gaps in existing systems, which impede EMF-aware networking, and outline the key concepts of the recently launched European Union (EU) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Integrated Project Low-EMF Exposure Future Networks (LEXNET): a new, all-encompassing, population-based metric of exposure and ways it can be used for low-EMF, quality of service (QoS)-aware network optimization.