“The companies Samsung, Hisense and Gigaset have taken the decision to reduce the power of their terminals via a software update”, announced on Monday, the National Frequency Agency.
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They were told to take a step back. Three smartphone manufacturers, given formal notice by the National Frequency Agency (ANFR) had to modify the transmission power of certain devices to limit the exposure of users to electromagnetic waves. “The companies Samsung, Hisense and Gigaset have taken the decision to reduce the power of their terminals via a software update”announces the ANFR, Monday, July 11.
The agency responsible for controlling the use of the electromagnetic spectrum, used in particular for wireless telecommunications, had controlled the Galaxy Note 10 Plus (Samsung), Infinity H30 (Hisense) and GS290 (Gigaset) phones. It had identified values exceeding the limits imposed by European regulations. These values frame the specific absorption rates (SAR), a concept that quantifies the energy transported by electromagnetic waves and absorbed by the human body. Measurements are taken in several situations: phone in hand, close to the body or head.
The update “Allows localized SAR ‘limb’ and ‘trunk’ to comply with regulatory limits of 4 W/kg (watts per kilogram) and 2 W/kg”. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus and Hisense Infinity H30 devices thus go from 4.3 W/kg before their update for the localized “limb” measurement to 2 W/kg, while the Gigaset GX290 sees its localized SAR “trunk” decrease from 2.9 to 0.8 W/kg.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “There is currently no indication that exposure to low-intensity electromagnetic fields is dangerous to human health” And this “despite much research”.