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Smart City: Delhi to get WiFi connectivity by 2016

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

The Aam Aadmi Party’s pet scheme of making entire Delhi WiFi enabled will now be possible in two years time. The announcement regarding setting up of 700 WiFi hotspots in Delhi by February 2016 was made by Adarsh Shastri, Parliamentary Secretary to IT Minister on Thursday.

Explaining about the plan of action, Shastri said, “We will get the budgetary allocation in June and issue tender for WiFi by July. In the first phase, 600-700 hotspots will be set up by February 2016 and in two years time, entire Delhi will have access to Internet.”

A few days back, the AAP government had proposed a cheaper and efficient way to bring Internet to the people.

Under the plan, Delhi government was mulling the idea of mounting WiFi antennas on electricity poles instead of cellphone towers.

The move was motivated by the need to reduce expenditure and increase efficiency.

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Beware Users! You May be Prone to In-House High Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Radiation Risk

From Television to all kinds of Wifi-enabled gadgets, these devices emit electromagnetic fields (EMF), putting your health at danger

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New Delhi, August 14, 2017: A number of studies have associated electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation exposure with serious health concerns, including the risk of cancer, miscarriage and a higher risk of leukemia among children. However, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), “current evidence does not confirm the existence of any health consequences from exposure to the low-level electromagnetic field.”

Manas Ganguly, Executive Partner and Founder, Brightsandz Technologies told ANI, “As much as Internet and telecommunication have become the part of our modern lives, cell towers have become a feature of city skylines. The profusion of cellular technology and cell towers has caused a concern on the health impact of radiation of humans”.

Recently, Lok Sabha was informed that a total of 284 mobile towers in India were discovered to emit radiation levels above the authorized limit.

The Telecom minister Manoj Sinha stated in a written reply to the LS, “During the audit carried out by TERM Cells, total 284 base transceiver stations (BTSs) installed on various mobile towers by various telecom service providers (TSPs) have been found exceeding the prescribed electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation limits as on 20 June 2017.”

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According to Manas cell phone towers are the most evident sources of radiation. Furthermore, there are other sources of radiation in our homes, offices and other living spaces that we are unaware of.

He continued, “With the advent of 24*7 hyper connectivity, IoT, Smart homes, Home automation, our exposure to such radiation is only going to compound manifold. Depending on our lifestyles and habits, we have multiplied our EMF Radiation exposures from 100X (hundred-fold) to 10,00,000X (million-fold).”

He noted, “While the evidence linking EMF radiation to these health hazards is scratchy and not well formed, a precautionary approach will be prudent. The risk from EMF is compounded by the fact that it is invisible and insensible.”

Here is a list of 8 EMF radiation sources  reported by ANI that can be found inside homes as indicated by Manas:

1. Cellphone 

According to Manas, it is equivalent to a mini-microwave that you are carrying around.

It is stated that radiation from mobile phone increases exponentially in low coverage areas or shadow zones. Cell phones radiate at close quarters to the brain indulging users in the highest risk.

Hack: The use of earpiece will help negate the side effect of using cell phone up to 98%

2. WiFi: 

A WiFi after-all is synonymous to a mini cell tower. It is noted that WiFis are rarely switched off. And hence the risk profile is hugely involved. We have a low in- consistent and perpetual radiation exposure.

Hack: It is advised to switch the WiFi off when not in use. In addition to it, one can also switch to the wired internet wherever possible.

3. Stabilizer/Inverter: 

Stabilizer is the highest source of in-premise EMF. Also, the older these appliances are, the greater the EMF. These devices create high EMF even at a distance of 3 to 5 feet.

Hack: Remove the stabilizer from your bedroom and relocate to any covered area outside the home.

4. Old electric circuitry:

Electrical circuitry inside houses can create a consistent EMF.

Hack: To avoid the shortfalls of an electric circuit, old wiring needs to be changed with a new one.

5. Electric Shaver, Hair Dryer:

These devices have an extremely localized EMF and are more prone to produce damage due to closeness during-use. The tip/nozzle of these devices can create up to 70/100mG EMF.

Hack: Avoid using the devices most of the time. While using the hair dryer, maintain at least 1 feet distance between the head and the nozzle.

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6. Power distribution equipment:

Most of our cities and colonies/RWAs have old power distribution facilities. Such set up has a high EMF which could be significantly high as well and are perpetual in nature.

Hack: Maintain a minimum distance of 50-100 feet from such sources.

7. Laptops:

Laptops carry both radiations as well as EMF profile. The bottom of a laptop has a very high EMF exposure at point of contact which can be harmful to adult fertility

Hack: Use a laptop radiation shield to reduce exposure to devise radiation from laptops.

8. Microwave Ovens:

Microwave ovens despite being “sealed” for radiation, still leak heavy radiation. Moreover, they leak more radiation as they get older. It was attributed that an operational microwave is a potential risk to the person working in the kitchen.

Hack: It is advised not to use a microwave for long periods and. Always use a Microwave radiation shield.


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Smart City Kochi will be ready in three years, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan

In February,2016, the first phase was opened which has an area of 6.5 lakh sq feet and several companies have started operations

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Kochi Smart City project spread across 246 acres, was announced as an IT Special Economic Zone. Image source: The News Minute
  • The Smart City Kochi project is being jointly developed by Dubai Smart City and the Kerala government
  • The chief minister also said that it will be completed in three years
  • In November 2005, the MoU of this project was inked under the then Chandy government

Kochi, June 23– Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday, said the Kochi Smart City project will be fully ready in three years. Vijayan’s party had boycotted the function when Kochi Smart City’s first phase was inaugurated in February this year, in 2016, after eleven years.

Then leader of opposition V.S. Achuthanandan, who was one of the high profile invitees, did not turn up. The CPI-M organised a protest meet and said that there has been a deviation from the original Kochi Smart City agreement.

Logo of Smart City Kochi. Image source: englishmatrubhumi.com
Logo of Smart City Kochi. Image source: englishmatrubhumi.com

However, on Thursday Vijayan, after meeting top officials of the project, which is being jointly developed by Dubai Smart City and the Kerala government, issued a statement that the project will be going forward as per the agreement.

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The chief minister also said that it will be completed in three years — the agreement that was inked with the previous Chandy government. “When completed, there will be one lakh jobs in the Kochi Smart City and the total area earmarked for IT operations will be 67 lakh sq ft and 21 lakh sq ft for non-IT needs,” said Vijayan.

Representational Image. Smart City Kochi. Image source: www.folomojo.com
Representational Image. Smart City Kochi. Image source: www.folomojo.com

In February,2016, the first phase was opened which has an area of 6.5 lakh sq feet and several companies have started operations. The CPI-M had ridiculed the then Chandy government that there is not a single IT company of repute that has opened.

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In November 2005, the MoU of this project was inked under the then Chandy government. And following the change in government, the framework agreement was signed in 2007 by the Achuthanandan government and it was taken forward again only in 2011 after the Chandy government assumed office. -IANS

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A New Library in Omaha, Nebraska has no room for Books but Technology for all

From professionals working on Photoshop to senior citizens making calls on FaceTime for the first time, Do Space library has something to engage all age groups

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Nebraska community tech center. Do Space Library. Image source: netnebraska.org
  • A new Digital Library ‘Do Space’ offers memberships to everyone for absolutely no cost at all
  • Free availability of latest technologies and programs- Photoshop, 3D printers and laser cutters 
  • A separate space for toddlers to play and learn at the same time

Omaha, Nebraska has seen the inauguration of arguably the coolest library in town, and probably the whole of United States in November last year. Funded by generous philanthropists through the non-profit organization Heritage Services, this public library, like all other public libraries, offers memberships to everyone for absolutely no cost at all.

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With an interactive video wall that draws visitors’ attention as they walk in for the first time, this digital library houses a state-of-the-art 3-D Lab, a Youth Program Room, a large Computer Lab area with work stations where people usually walk in and find their way around the computers, and a separate space for toddlers to play and learn at the same time, explains Rebecca Stavick, Executive Director at Do Space.

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Do Space Logo. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

“Do Space is a lot of things – it’s a community tech library, a makerspace, a computer lab, and a community coworking space, all with ultrafast WiFi and free tech learning for everyone,” says Stavick. “I’ve always thought of libraries as places full of tools. Books are tools, scrolls are tools, computers are tools.” From professionals working on Photoshop to senior citizens making calls on FaceTime for the first time, Do Space library has something to engage all age groups.

 

Computer Programmer Hans Bekale runs his multimedia business from this library. The modern day workspace, that comes for no price at all, is every developer’s dream, he says. High school student Frank Fu uses the laser cutter and 3-D printer to design the jewelry that he sells online. According to him, Do Space Library has the most diverse people with the most diverse ideas.

-by Saurabh Bodas, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter:@saurabhbodas96

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