Section: New Software and Platforms


Participants : Arnaud Legout [contact] , Mondi Ravi.

The Internet and new devices such as smartphones have fundamentally changed the way people communicate, but  this  technological  revolution  comes  at  the  price  of  a  higher  exposition  of  the  general  population  to microwave electromagnetic fields (EMF). This exposition is a concern for health agencies and epidemiologists who  want  to  understand  the  impact  of  such  an  exposition  on  health,  for  the  general  public  who  wants a  higher  transparency  on  its  exposition  and  the  health  hazard  it  might  represent,  but  also  for  cellular operators and regulation authorities who want to improve the cellular coverage while limiting the exposition, and  for  computer  scientists  who  want  to  better  understand  the  network  connectivity  in  order  to  optimize communication protocols. Despite the fundamental importance to understand the exposition of the general public to EMF, it is poorly understood because of the formidable difficulty to measure, model, and analyze this exposition. The goal of the ElectroSmart project is to develop the instrument, methods, and models to compute the exposition of the general public to microwave electromagnetic fields used by wireless protocols and infrastructures such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or cellular. Using a pluri-disciplinary approach combining crowd-based measurements, in-lab experiments, and modeling using sparse and noisy data, we address challenges such as designing and  implementing  a  measuring  instrument  leveraging  on  crowd-based  measurements  from  mobile  devices such as smartphones, modeling the exposition of the general public to EMF to compute the most accurate estimation of the exposition, and analyzing the evolution of the exposition to EMF with time. This technological breakthrough will have scientific, technical, and societal applications, notably on public health politics, by providing the scientific community and potential users with a unique measuring instrument, methods, and models to exploit the invaluable data gathered by the instrument. This project is supported by the UCN@Sophia Labex in 2016/2017 (funding the engineer Mondi Ravi) In August 2016, we released the first stable public release of ElectroSmart. On the 20th December 2016 we had 1502 downloads in Google Play, an average score of 4,66/5, 800 active users, 22 millions measured signals and 500k measured geographic zones.

  • URL: http://es.inria.fr

  • Version: 1.1

  • Keywords: background electromagnetic radiations

  • License: Inria proprietary licence

  • Type of human computer interaction: Android application

  • OS/Middleware: Android

  • Required library or software: Android

  • Programming language: Java

  • Documentation: javadoc