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EU sets EMC limits for London Olympics

Authorities in the United Kingdom have issued a special measure in connection with the implementation of EU’s EMC Directive intended to limit potential electromagnetic interference (EMI) with wireless communications devices during the 2012 London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

The measure stipulates that any apparatus that generates EMI must “operate at a sufficiently low intensity…such that it does not cause interference with wireless telegraphy used for public safety purposed with a protection area.” According to the schedule provided with the measure, protection areas include the major Olympic event venues, as well as the city of London as a whole.

Notably, the requirement to limit interference applies “even if the maximum intensity of electromagnetic energy emitted by that apparatus is lower than a level permissible under the essential requirements” of the EU’s Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations. However, the requirements do not apply to radio and telecommunications equipment and apparatus covered by the EU’s R&TTE Directive (1995/5/EC).

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Read the complete text of the statutory instrument regarding EMC at the London Olympics as published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

 

 

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