May 14, 2007

Japan to set up 'wireless island'

According to National9 News, Japan will set up an experimental high-tech wireless zone on one of its islands next year, where sensors will allow doctors to remotely monitor the health of the elderly and alert motorists to nearby pedestrians.

"Produce such as vegetables would carry IC tags that could send information such as where they were grown to shoppers' mobile phones, according to Kyodo News agency.

Sensors would monitor the movement of pedestrians and notify nearby drivers, and check the heart rate of elderly people living alone for round-the-clock monitoring by local hospitals, according to the report.

The wireless zone will likely be set up on the northern island of Hokkaido or southern island chain of Okinawa ,where there is less radio wave interference, according to Kyodo."

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