Telstra has developed a specialised electromagnetic energy (EME) software tool through its Research and Development (R&D) program and this prediction tool is now available commercially.
Public interest in the potential health issues relating to mobile phone base stations has highlighted the importance of having accessible and easy to understand information on EME emission levels. Performing the complex mathematical calculations to predict these levels requires significant expertise and is usually time consuming and relatively costly.
Telstra's software tool, RF-Map is useful tool for network carriers, regulators, local councils, EME and planning consultants to independently assess the maximum impact mobile network base stations.
In response to the increasing demand for environmental EME assessments from multiple transmitter sites (where there is more than one base station at a location), Telstra has developed a multi-site, multi-system application, RF-Map, based on the popular Mobile Base Station Field Intensity Plotter (MBSFIP) software.
Telstra's original MBSFIP software was launched in 2000 and greatly enhanced the capability of telecommunications and cellular companies, EME & planning consultants, local governments and other organisations to conduct environmental EME assessments.
The RF-Map software tool calculates the EME levels from multiple transmitter sites in a matter of seconds. The levels can be represented graphically to show the variation in EME emissions around a base station and the margin by which these emissions comply with the safety standard.
It is a practical and efficient way to produce environmental reports that conform to the Australian protocol for the assessment and reporting of EME levels emanating from transmitter stations.
The RF-MAP Software is a key tool for EME assessments (Prediction Reports) in compliance with the ACIF Code for the Deployment of Mobile Phone Network Infrastructure.
Telstra's RF-Map software received a High Commendation in the 2003 Engineering Excellence Awards organised by the Victorian Division of Engineers Australia. The category in which it was entered was the SunSystems Engineering Excellence Award for Information Technology Systems or Solutions.
The biennial Awards are offered for outstanding engineering projects that combine excellence in engineering with commercial viability, innovative solutions and contribution to the community, and are widely recognised in industry and the engineering profession as a measure of best practice.
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