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TECHNOLOGY has given us the answer to the annoying people who interrupt dinners, movies and concerts by making and receiving calls on their mobile phones.
A new device from Israel that allows restaurants and theatres to jam the airwaves so calls cannot be made could be available in Britain by the end of the year.
The box of electronics is about the size of a large cellular phone. It contains a radio receiver and transmitter for both types of digital network used in Britain as well as the older analogue system.
The box fills a room with radio waves that prevent a call being made or received. The system works by eliminating the signal a phone receives to tell it to ring. It can also stop voicemails and text messages. Similarly, the signal sent from a mobile to its network to open a line and make a call, is also cancelled by the surrounding radio waves.
The system is on trial with the Israeli army and in hospitals. Doctors are testing whether the system can prevent mobile phones being used around sensitive medical equipment. Radio waves broadcast during a conversation could cause medical equipment to malfunction.
Another application for the system is on planes. The system could be switched on before take-off and landing. It is at these important moments that experts say mobile phones might interfere with flight systems.
The company behind C-Guard, Netline Technologies, developed the system because of the public's annoyance at mobile-phone users making loud calls.
Ben Te-eni, Netline's general manager, says: "Wherever you go in the world, people hate the fact dinners and nights at the theatre can be interrupted by irresponsible cell-phone users. With our system in public places, such as a theatre, cinema or restaurant, people know they will not be disturbed. It also saves the embarrassment of somebody who forgot to turn off his or her phone receiving a call."
Most Europeans are in favour of making mobile phone jammers legal in public areas. A study found that 75 per cent of Finns, French and Italians are in favour of allowing mobile phone jammers in areas such as concert halls, cinemas and theatres.
The survey said only 14 per cent of respondents in Italy and Finland were opposed to the proposal, with just six per cent of French being against it. Unsurprisingly the under 35s age group showed much less enthusiasm for the mobile jammers in all the countries surveyed.
Maybe you love them, maybe you hate them. But it seems that mobile phones are here to stay!.
Choose the correct answer, a), b) or c).
1. What is the new ‘jamming box’ that has been
developed by Netline Technologies?
2. In which country was the new device developed ?
3. Why could the device be dangerous in hospitals ?
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