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Kaiserslautern tests 5G stations made of wood

Many companies are planning their own 5G campus networks and may therefore be interested in research being carried out at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, where researchers have been using wood to design environmentally-friendly, esthetically-pleasing transmission masts.

11 Sep. 2019
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Kaiserslautern tests 5G stations made of wood (Photo: Robeller/TUK)

Base station operators still need to figure out how the 5G technology can be best integrated into the environment, says Junior Professor of Architecture Dr. Christopher Robeller. He explains how wood, as a natural material, is the ideal product for the construction of base stations because this would produce little or no carbon dioxide. His student teams’ designs also score highly in terms of esthetics, since the less attractive technology remains hidden. Where installed at intersections, the smart masts could also be equipped with additional sensors, for traffic control, for example. The designs are currently being used to build three models, which will then be tested in Kaiserslautern.

The construction and design of 5G base stations and transmission masts is a matter to be taken seriously, since both can contribute significantly to the acceptance of the technology within the population. Many citizens are still dubious about the possible health risks from 5G. According to the current state of scientific knowledge, the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) does not anticipate any negative health effects, but does consider further research necessary .

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