TMCnet Feature
August 13, 2020

Reduce Environment & Health Issues with Smarter Technology

Approximately 3.5 billion people own smartphones worldwide. Smartphones are essential in people’s everyday lives. However, despite our mass dependence on smartphones, many users do not know that their smartphones have a built-in feature that continuously emits harmful radio frequency (RF) radiation. It also is draining mobile phones’ battery life unnecessarily.

In 2019, the Chicago Tribune tested the RF radiation emitted by 11 popular cellphone models from four manufacturers. The results did not line up with the scores reported by the same manufacturers. The findings have prompted the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch independent tests. Questions on the accuracy in testing the radiation emitted remained cited, especially the distancing from devices being placed on or at least 2 centimeters away from a body.

Tara Chand is a scientist, an engineer, a non-practicing attorney, and the founder and CEO of Internet Promise Group Inc., an innovation enterprise active across seven market verticals, including human health.

He invented GPS Smart technology, calling it a small footprint firmware feature in smartphones that stops up to 80 percent of unnecessary RF radiation by enabling a smartphone’s radiated RF energy to adjust automatically according to an owner’s physical movements. This means that when a smartphone remains in one place, it does not need to radiate (ping) registration signals to cell towers when stationary or not in use.

“I had my eureka moment when I realized that our smartphones do not need to ping signal cell towers when sitting on a desk or a nightstand,” said Tara Chand. “Using a small footprint firmware achieving this feature, the GPS Smart has maximized smartphone efficiency; the battery life and data transmission are improved, and potentially harmful RF radiation is eliminated too.”

The GPS Smart reduces exposure to harmful manmade RF radiation. Reducing radio frequency (RF) radiation exposure eliminates environmental and health risks potentially caused by RF radiation. It also extends a smartphone’s battery-life and improves the efficiency of wireless networks by conserving precious bandwidth resources.

Man-made or generated radiation sources include cell phones, and cell phone towers, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth devices. The heating of body tissues is a potential health risk that stems from using these devices. Millimeter-wave scanners, a type of full-body scanner used for security screening, are also a significant man-made producer of RF radiation.

People are exposed to significantly lower levels of manmade RF radiation every day due to the consistent presence of RF signals in the environment. RF radiation comes from radio and television broadcasts, and other sources.

Cell phones and cell phone towers

Cell phones and cell phone towers (base stations) use RF radiation to transmit and receive signals. Some concerns have been raised that these signals might increase cancer risk, and research in these areas continues. 

Per studies done in the lab

RF waves do not have enough energy to damage DNA directly. Because of this, it is not clear how RF radiation could cause cancer. Some studies have found possible increased rates of certain types of tumors in lab animals exposed to RF radiation, but overall, the results of these types of studies have not provided clear answers to date. While a few studies have reported evidence of biological effects that could be linked to cancer, this is still an area of research.

Per studies of people

Studies of people who may have been exposed to RF radiation at their jobs — such as people who work around or with radar equipment, those who service communication antennae, and radio operators — have found no apparent increase in cancer risk.

For many reasons, it is hard to study if there might be a link between cell phones and cancer, including the relatively short time that cell phones have been in widespread use, changes in the technology over time, and difficulty in estimating each person’s exposure. 

What do expert agencies say?

The American Cancer Society (ACS (News - Alert)) does not have any official position or statement on whether radiofrequency radiation from cell phones, cell phone towers, or other sources is a cause of cancer. The ACS generally looks to other expert organizations to determine if something causes cancer (if it is a carcinogen), including:

According to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC (News - Alert)):

“[C]urrently no scientific evidence establishes a causal link between wireless device use and cancer or other illnesses. Those evaluating the potential risks of using wireless devices agree that more and longer-term studies should explore whether there is a better basis for RF safety standards than is currently used.”

GPS Smart

The GPS Smart technology seeks to contribute to the beginning of a new eco-friendly smartphone. The technology eliminates numerous location transmissions when a phone is stationary – It only sends location transmissions to cell towers only if it is moved 100 feet or more.

With technology, smartphones could eliminate unnecessary RF radiation instead of causing more of it. According to Chand, it would improve phones’ battery life and enable a higher level of safe usage for smartphone users.

Chand is urging European, U.S., Canadian, Indian, and Chinese governments to facilitate the implementation of GPS Smart technology to preserve human health and work toward a radiation-free ecological environment. Additionally, he is reaching out to handset manufacturers and wireless telecommunication providers to partner with his Internet Promise Group to assist with the implementation of GPS Smart technology firmware worldwide.

GPS Smart is a pioneering technology of the eco-friendly smartphone era. Chand is urging people to get involved by contacting their elected government officials and their wireless carriers and smartphone manufacturers to demand that the enhanced-safety features of the GPS Smart technology are included in wireless networks and smartphones around the world.

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