We recently had the opportunity to work on a new project for a local Alberta company called "Arms Reach Monitoring Service" or just ARMS for short.The Problem
ARMS had a great idea, one that would affect just about anyone in any business or industry.
Since Q3, 2014 we have been working on a fairly major expansion for our managed IT services division of Reality Bytes, what we call Titanium Managed Services. We have seen the growing demand for true 24/7 support anytime, anywhere, on any day.
Business has changed, whether we like it or not, most business is no longer conducted Monday to Friday, 9-5. Those days are over!
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This week on Reality Bytes Tech Talk we are going to discuss a topic that I have been researching a lot as of late, which is the effect of Wi-Fi and other radio signals on our body.Radio signals are a small part of the energy system known scientifically as Electromagnetic Radiation, or EMR for short.
EMR encompasses all energy that is released by an electromagnetic process. What is interesting is that EMR is the science behind our voice communications, our radio, as well as our television, and also cellular phone, Wi-Fi signals, and satellite communications. But also EMR is how we are able to see visible light, how we are able to cook food in a microwave, and how you are able to get a sun tan.EMR is classified by wavelength. Think a wave in ocean, or better still the ripple in a pond when you toss a rock into the water. This same effect happens with EMR as it dissipates out from its’ source. A wavelength is the physical measurement of that ripple.On the one end of the spectrum, you have radio signals, everything from FM radio, to AM radio, cellular phone signals, Wi-Fi, and satellite communications. As we move up the spectrum the wavelength gets shorter, and shorter and we eventually move out of the radio band, into infrared, and then visible light, that is, the light us humans can see with our eyes. Beyond that we move into ultraviolet light and all the way up into x-rays and finally gamma rays. ALL of these systems operate on the same scientific concept of Electromagnetic RadiationWhen it comes to the effects of EMR on our bodies, EMR essentially has two distinct classifications, and those are ionizing, and non-ionizing. Ionizing radiation is the stuff that can cause harm, and is very dangerous because the energy is so intense it will actually alter, or ionize the atoms in our body, and damage our DNA. The worst offender here for most of us is the sun, which pumps out huge amounts of ionizing UV radiation that will cause a sunburn, and eventually skin cancer.On the other hand, non-ionizing radiation is what makes up everything from radio waves, microwaves, visible light, all the way into the ultraviolet spectrum.While each type of radio communications uses different frequencies or wavelengths, each with its own set of unique characteristics, they all are well within the realm of non-ionizing radiation, that is to say they do NOT possess the energy levels to alter, or ionize our body tissue.The most common side effect of non-ionizing radiation is heat, which subsequently is exactly how your microwave oven works. There have been many, many studies over the years on the effects of radio signals. One of the more famous ones was published in the Oxford Journal of the National Cancer institute in 2006, and was revised again in 2011. In a Danish study, over 400,000 regular cell phone users’ people were studied for a period of over 20 years, (starting in 1982, and ending in 2006) and their findings were that there were no adverse effects whatsoever. For those of you interested in reading further I will include links to the Oxford study in my blog post on this topic at realitybytes.ca/blogToday’s smartphones, and Wi-Fi enabled devices operate at much more efficient power levels as well, even further reducing the possibility of adverse effects on the human body.So in my opinion, based on all the scientific research I can find, there is NO adverse effects from regular everyday radio frequencies, or any non-ionizing radiation on the human body. I guess my tin foil hat is no longer needed!Link to Denmark Cancer Study on Cell Phone Usagehttp://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/cellphones
WiGig is a new WiFi standard that was developed by the WiFi Alliance. WiGig, like all WiFi technologies falls into the IEEE standards code of 802.11ad. WiGig is specifically designed to operate in the 60Ghz RF space, significantly higher frequency than standard WiFi that we all use and love which operates at either 2.4Ghz or 5.8Ghz.
WiGig will NOT replace your existing WiFi setup, but will definitely work we in conjunction with it. Because of the extremely high frequency, the RF waves are much more susceptible to distance and physical object limitations. For this reason, the WiGig technology is not a good fit for a home or business WiFi solution.