When it comes to identifying the major sources of radiation in our communities, there is more than meets the eye.
The world is being restructured with wireless technology whether we are ready or not.
From smart devices and smart homes, to smart roads and smart cities, Internet of Things (IoT) is here, and it’s expanding rapidly. New applications are becoming more and more popular across many different industries, and with it comes risks.
Generally, when a wireless communication company wants to expand their network and coverage area they will construct a new tower, or lease a spot on an existing tower. But with the crowded nature of today’s urban environments, this is not always the easiest solution.
The available real estate for cell sites has shifted from standalone towers with at least 300 square feet of unoccupied land around it, to a booming industry where rooftop cell sites are leased and wireless concealment installations are a part of a building’s blueprints.
If coverage is the only concern, rooftops are naturally an ideal location for a cell site as they are at the desirable height, they are typically flat or stable, and they are generally free from interference that would cause attenuation or signal deterioration.
But even with rooftop cell sites being the hot commodity that they are, with them still comes the eyesore to the community. The tactics used to blend and disguise these antenna systems into our communities has grown and evolved right along side this technology, and many companies now are moving into the world of wireless concealment for their needs. After all, even if the biological risks are not well understood, people generally dislike looking at large antenna systems littered across their city, and what’s out of sight is often out of mind.
With wireless concealment, companies can discreetly hide or camouflage their antennas in new ways that not only provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance, but do not sacrifice signal deterioration.
Without an awareness to how this technology can be hidden, many people don’t even know it’s there.
So in what types of locations can we find wireless technology being hidden?
Restaurants, hotels, airports, casinos, hospitals, churches, schools, libraries, theme parks, cruise ships, retail stores, stadiums… really anywhere that has a steady flow of people commuting or seeking entertainment, goods, and services.
Some examples of popular wireless concealments include:
- Poles; utility poles, traffic light poles, street light poles, stadium light poles, and flagpoles.
- Fake trees, bushes, rocks or boulders.
- Business signs, street signs, archways, chimneys, church steeples, scoreboards, and even directly into the walls or ceilings of commercial and residential buildings.
Freeways, bridges, streets and sidewalks are being transformed and lined with this technology from the interstates right down to the communities and neighborhoods we live in. Understanding how to identify and avoid high radiation zones will be an asset in our lives as we navigate the cities of the future. Pairing this knowledge along with an EMF meter may be one of the wisest investments any of us can make.
To learn more, take a look at the following companies portfolios and read up on how concealment technology functions. There is some valuable and detailed information that can be found on many of these websites and this list only scratches the surface.