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[iflscience] The World's First Wi-Fi Pavement Is Being Piloted In The UK

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The World's First Wi-Fi Pavement Is Being Piloted In The UK

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Not having Wi-Fi – the most frustrating "First World problem" of them all – might soon be a worry of the past. The streets of Chesham’s town center in Buckinghamshire, England, will now feature Smart Wi-Fi Pavements.

The pilot scheme, developed by Virgin Media, will allow visitors, businesses and local residents to surf the Internet on the streets at speeds of up to 166 megabits per second. This speed is seven times the average U.K. broadband speed and can download a 634 megabyte file, such as a 45-minute episode on a video streaming site, in 35 seconds.

The Wi-Fi will, literally, be beneath your feet. Submerged access points in the street will use a mixture of fiber optic cabling and superior DOCSIS 3 cable technology to create an ultrafast Wi-Fi signal that will be able to reach distances of up to 80 meters (262 feet). The Wi-Fi covers most of the town center and parts of the nearby Lowndes Park.

In a statement, the town’s MP Cheryl Gillan said: “The internet is at the heart of modern life and it is brilliant to have such a cutting-edge network in Chesham and to be right at the vanguard of connectivity in the UK. It will keep the community connected, help Chesham people save some money on their mobile bill and could be a key piece of the jigsaw in connected cities moving forward.”

The pilot scheme is part of a huge initiative from Virgin Media to cater to the 10,000% increase in data usage expected by 2025.
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I hope this kind of technology will drive the cost of mobile data down. Especially here in Canada it would be welcome.
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i thought the article was going to be about a coating or material that extended range or amplified signals or something. this is just normal wifi tech buried in the sidewalk. BUT good for them
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I hope this kind of technology will drive the cost of mobile data down. Especially here in Canada it would be welcome.

This isn't even a problem in the UK - or not anywhere I have been recently

I get 3/4G at uni and 3G at home (a small town) and it isnt expensive

EDIT: Still cool stuff though.
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This isn't even a problem in the UK - or not anywhere I have been recently

I get 3/4G at uni and 3G at home (a small town) and it isnt expensive

EDIT: Still cool stuff though.

Cheaper isn't always better?
I can imagine it won't take long for the first construction crew to jack up the whole network by digging through a line.
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Someone has to pay for this.


*sees tax increase coming ph34r-smiley.gif *
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I guess wi-fi or other radio signals just aren't strong enough to have a health impact, or are we just on the way there?
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I guess wi-fi or other radio signals just aren't strong enough to have a health impact, or are we just on the way there?

No, they do not cause damage to humans.
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I guess wi-fi or other radio signals just aren't strong enough to have a health impact, or are we just on the way there?

Supposedly no impact. But for some reason cancer autism and other things have been on the rise.

Cell phones aren't bad. Of course. But now people are getting tappa tappa text neck injuries that really didn't exist before... and the hue of the screen at night affecting people's chemical balance. And social seclusion.

So far, moderate exposure to electromagnetic energy seems to be minimal. Who knows. Eggs are bad. Oh wait, they're good. Coffee bad... oh wait, it's good... sugar bad... but "low-fat" might be worse... etc...
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I guess wi-fi or other radio signals just aren't strong enough to have a health impact, or are we just on the way there?

Supposedly no impact. But for some reason cancer autism and other things have been on the rise.

Cell phones aren't bad. Of course. But now people are getting tappa tappa text neck injuries that really didn't exist before... and the hue of the screen at night affecting people's chemical balance. And social seclusion.

So far, moderate exposure to electromagnetic energy seems to be minimal. Who knows. Eggs are bad. Oh wait, they're good. Coffee bad... oh wait, it's good... sugar bad... but "low-fat" might be worse... etc...

The back and forth is true... I've read several articles or heard both ways on coffee over the years lol

We definitely seem to be heading in the direction of super interconnection, with IoT and general expansion of the internet. For now though this is only going to matter in huge cities and maybe smaller cities to a lesser extent. No incentive to have wifi access 100% rurally.. yet.
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