1) Medical devices connected to the IoT because “it is only fair”?? What happens when the internet is down? What about hacking? A great way to harm someone is by controlling necessary medical devices like insulin pumps or pacemakers.
How is Adoption of Internet of Things Technology Driving Network Connected Medical Devices Market?
“The internet of things (IoT) technology has gained immense popularity in the recent times. The concept basically refers to the connection of devices, any device as long as it has an on and off switch, to internet and to other connected devices. In order for devices to be connected with internet or with other devices, they are integrated with built in sensors. Devices are connected to an IoT platform, which integrates data from various devices and applies analytics for sharing the most important information with applications for building access specific needs, using built-in sensors. IoT is being utilized in a number of industries for connecting different devices.
In this scenario, it is only fair that the medical devices industry is also making use of IoT. Medical devices which make use of IoT are referred to as network connected medical devices. Connected devices, such as infusion pumps and implantable pacemakers, aid healthcare professionals and patients in numerous tasks, such as enhancing diagnostics, monitoring vitals, and regulating dosages. Due to these various advantages of connected devices, the network connected medical devices market, reaching $19.5 billion in 2018, is expected to generate a revenue of $66.6 billion by 2024, advancing at a 23.5% CAGR during the forecast period (2019–2024).”
2) This is from February, and I seemed to have missed it. Thanks to a member for finding it. China joins France in this restriction and the UK seems to be discussing taking similar actions. Why do kids need cell phones? If their parents need to contact them during a school day, they can call the school office. This ban could reduce the amount of RF in a school room.
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China bans children from using mobile phones at school
“… the authorities are concerned about how internet use is affecting the health of the nation’s youth.
There have been rising levels of nearsightedness among children in China and in 2018, the authorities announced plans to regulate the gaming industry which was partially blamed for the problem. They also cited concerns that gaming addiction was damaging mental health.”
3) Another BC Hydro project that a member just learned about and it might be too late to do anything. BC Hydro submitted an application to replace street lights with LED lights. The application was submitted to BCUC in Nov. 2020 but is still in process. Not only is this type of light extremely bright but unless the blue light is filtered it could interfere with sleeping and cause other health problems.
Street light replacement project
“BC Hydro owns and maintains over 90,000 street lights attached to our poles located across the province. Over the next two to three years, we’ll be replacing these with energy-efficient LEDs to ensure compliance with new federal regulations that require all light ballasts containing Poly-Chlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) be removed by the end of 2025.
These new street lights will help improve public safety in your community by increasing the visibility of sidewalks and roads at night, as well as help reduce light pollution. LEDs also last longer and require less maintenance.”
The 363 page application is here:
Important question: Are there wireless transmitters in these lights? Itron has promoted connecting “smart” street lights to their network. We need to find this out ASAP. Can anyone take this on? Right now I’m very involved with the FortisBC “smart” gas meter application.
Smart Street Lights & LED
Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
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