ITU launches EMF guideline app

Staff writer
22 Dec 2014

ITU has launched a mobile application which provides a guide to electromagnetic fields (EMF) and addresses public health concerns.

The “EMF Guide” app was launched last Wednesday at an ‘ITU Forum on Human Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields’ in Kochi, India.

The new app offers an introduction to EMF and its relationship with health, as well as varying internationally agreed guidelines and standards designed to ensure safety in the use of mobile phones and other wireless technologies.

A version will be available on app stores in 2015, said the ITU in a statement.

Separately, ITU has also launched a free mobile app to be used in the campaign against the Ebola disease outbreak, which has now killed more than 7,000 people.

The "Ebola-Info-Sharing" mobile app facilitates coordination among organizations responding to the Ebola crisis, provides the latest Ebola news from official sources, and includes an interactive map of the Ebola-affected region.

"Information and communication technologies are now critical components of emergency telecommunications not only when natural disasters strike, but also during epidemics such as the Ebola disease outbreak," said ITU secretary-general Hamadoun I. Touré.

"The "Ebola-Info-Sharing" App not only enhances prevention, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of diseases but also strengthens healthcare systems through improvements in emergency response, healthcare practitioner support, healthcare surveillance and administration."

The app is currently available for Android mobile devices and will soon be available for iOS devices.

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