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Telstra will tomorrow publicly launch the world’s first electromagnetic emission (EME) assessment software, which is currently used by leading telecommunications carriers and as part of the World Health Organisation (WHO) International EMF training program.


At the Mobile Networks and Environment conference in London, Telstra will extend its leadership position in responsible management and assessment of EME by demonstrating its upgraded RF-Map software to the world’s leading telecommunications carriers.


Telstra’s National EME Manager, Mike Wood, said this software for assessing EME levels was rapidly becoming recognised as a global benchmark for EME measurement.


"Telstra is proud of the international success of its first version of the RF-Map which has been used extensively by telecommunication companies, health authorities and local governments around the world since its initial release in 2000. These groups find it an invaluable tool in site planning and community consultation," Mr Wood said.


The WHO, in conjunction with Telstra and the Australian Department of Health, recently conducted a specialised EME training course for the Philippines Government as part of an international training program. Telstra's software was a key element in this training for the assessment of EME levels.


"Public interest in the potential health issues relating to mobile phone base stations and other radio communication facilities has highlighted the importance of having accessible and easy to understand information on EME emission levels," Mr Wood said.


Dr. Robert Matthews, Head of the EMF Advisory Unit at Vodafone UK, said:


"Vodafone has been using Telstra's software as part of community consultation in line with the 10 commitments. The software provides a clear indication of maximum possible radio frequency levels which the public and local authorities find very reassuring."


"Telstra’s latest RF-Map software enables the visual representation of real-time EME emissions on drawings or street maps and is a direct result of the consultation and feedback from community groups and other users on the initial software," Mr Wood said.


"Innovations like these help non-scientists understand complex information and find simple answers to questions. They can use RF-Map to determine what the EME level is for their street or house, which will reduce community uncertainty about emission levels and enable faster acceptance of site proposals."


Mr Wood said Telstra placed high importance on effective and responsible management of EME issues.


"Our commitment to industry leadership involves maintaining a comprehensive in-house EME research program and sharing this expertise as widely as possible with scientists, industry and the community."


For more information regarding Telstra’s EME management programs, please visit http://www.telstra.com.au/ememanagement/

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