21/12/2009 - MD0/EP - Photos: Juan Luis Jaén
The Plenum Leganés City Council at its last meeting approved the new ordinance to regulate the installation of mobile phone masts, a "pioneer" document in the country that fixes the power of the towers at a maximum of 4,000 times lower than possible until now and which guarantees the Consistory the work of measuring and monitoring through a network control technology that will provide data in real time to citizens.
In this regard, the Planning and Industry Councilman Raul Street, said the issuance of the antennas shall be determined-according to "European standards" that have formed the basis of the ordinance-in a "peak power density of 0, 1 microwatt per square centimeter.
Furthermore, the document-which has worked for over a year in a consensual manner with the Federation of Neighborhood Associations of strict Leganes-control sets the maximum allowable radio installations, surveillance will be "specially controlled sensitive places such as inside homes, workplaces, schools, homes and hospitals and generally in any area of possible occupation by the same person for a period of no less than six hours, "said Street.
To enforce the ordinance and check that the antennas installed comply with the new rules, the council provides for the establishment of "a mechanism allowing residents access to information concerning the location of mobile equipment and transmitters of the intensity of these diffuse radio emission.
This will allow "all the neighbors can know at any time not only where there are mobile phone masts, but what is emitting power, for example, is close to home or school for their children," according to councilor.
Network control technology
For this, the new ordinance contains the possibility that the city council to control the emission of electromagnetic waves generated by telecommunications services, through enabling a "network technology" of strategically located measurement equipment, according to a plan implantation.
"We will not limit inspections to a plan, but we will launch a technical network that constantly evaluate and measure the emission power of mobile phones," said Street. Separately, a spokesman for the Federation of Neighborhood Associations, Juan Antonio Sanchez, said the importance of the ordinance lies precisely in the "real control of electromagnetic pollution.
Municipal sources remarked that, despite limiting the maximum allowable powers shall be guaranteed "absolutely adequate mobile phone coverage in all areas of the municipality. They also point that the goal "is not to restrict or impede the lawful business of the companies in the sector but to ensure the health of citizens."
Ford Turning Cars Into Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots
Next year, Ford will be introducing it's new version of SYNC, a technology it partnered with Microsoft on. This technology will allow you to have constant Wi-Fi in your car.
All an owner of a SYNC-ready car would have to do is plug in a compatible USB mobile broadband modem (or air card), and they will create a secure wireless connection that will be broadcast throughout the vehicle.
"While you're driving to grandma's house, your spouse can be finishing the holiday shopping and the kids can be chatting with friends and updating their Facebook profiles," said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. "And you're not paying for yet another mobile subscription or piece of hardware because Ford will let you use technology you already have."
"Using SYNC with existing mobile devices helps Ford provide the most value, the most flexibility and the most convenience for owners," said Fields. "Constant connectivity is becoming a routine part of our customers' lives, and we're making existing technology more accessible without adding costs: That's the kind of value Ford drivers have learned to expect."
Ford has proven in the past to be a particularly Internet-savvy company. This was evident from an interview WebProNews did with Scott Monty, who runs the company's social media efforts: