Telstra has added some big improvements to a Gold Coast apartment. The company enhanced the apartment with 58 connected devices and spectrum analyzers. The company spokesperson said that these improvements were installed in order to test the amount of “electromagnetic energy (EME) in a very high-tech connected home.”
The principal of EME strategy, governance, and risk management Mike Wood stated that the project is completely safe and even when pushed to the limit, the devices resulted in EME levels “more than 10,000 times below the public safety limits”.
Wood wrote on Twitter:
“The house is outfitted with smart TVs, smart speakers, 5G phones, three HTC 5G Wi-Fi routers, gaming consoles, Google Home Mini smart speakers, Google Nest smart cameras, a smart doorbell, baby monitor, smart scales, smart lights, smart plugs, and a workstation with laptops, printer, wireless headsets, and a video camera.”
“In total, we safely configured 58 devices to operate in the apartment over 5G, 4G, and Wi-Fi. To measure the EME levels in the apartment we set up two fixed EME monitoring stations, one in the living and kitchen area, and the other in the media room. The monitoring devices we used continuously recorded the EME levels and we even used a third portable EME monitoring device to measure the EME on the balconies and other locations in the apartment.”
Before installing all these devices, Telstra tested them in the lab separately. The company also stated that tests that were performed in the apartment delivered 5G speeds “ranging from 300-500Mbps” and, when maxed out, the devices created similar 5G EME levels to a synthetic network test previously performed, where the researchers loaded the 5G network to near maximum capacity.
Mr. Wood commented:
“Our EME testing demonstrates that even under very high utilization – with over 50 connected devices using 5G, 4G, and Wi-Fi – the EME levels are very low and well below the EME safety limits. This should provide reassurance to families, particularly when everyone is at home working, schooling, entertaining, and connecting online.”