NYU Wireless researchers press for new mmWave safety metric

Temperature-based safety regulations are better than those based on power density, studies show

Given increased interest in using millimeter-wave (mmWave) for wireless communications, researchers at NYU Wireless are advocating for new safety metrics that are based on body temperature rather than the standard used nowadays, which is based on power density.

Their paper, titled "The Human Body and Millimeter-Wave Wireless Communication Systems: Interactions and Implications," was chosen as the best from several hundred entries at the 2015 IEEE Conference on Communications. Their study used four models representing different body parts (both clothed and unclothed) to evaluate the thermal effects of mmWave radiation on humans.

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