5g and new streetlights Freedom of information request

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Dear CITY OF EDINBURGH COUNCIL

This is a Freedom of Information Request.

1. Do you have a 5G strategy?

1.1 If yes, I request to see the complete strategy, its ambitions and its objectives in PPTX, Word, PDF or picture format.

1.2 If yes, has the public had the opportunity to read and understand City of Edinburgh council 5G strategy? Where was this information published?

1.3 I also request a supplementary document that includes the highest level of detail on all 5G technology that’s planned to be used and current in use in public spaces within City of Edinburgh council:

(a) Companies and entities involved and the names of the company/entity officers.

(b) Specification sheets of all 5G technology.

(c) What technology e.g. units and arrays are not currently 5G, but can be 5G enabled e.g. with current software, future software, hardware upgrades or retrofitting?

(d) What UK, EU and International safety standards is City of Edinburgh council complying with for the 5G strategy and existing 5G technology.

(e) I request proof e.g. a certificate from City of Edinburgh council that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been meet.

1.4 If no, I require all documentation, memos, emails and communication on companies and entities you’re in talks with regarding the formulation of a 5G strategy.

2. I require the name/s of the Officer/s in charge of the 5G strategy and roll out including their CV and qualifications in 5G and Smart Cities; and who their subject area expert or consultancy is, their CV and qualifications on 5G and Smart Cities.

3. Are you in talks with any experts, companies or entities about autonomous vehicles (AV) for public transport and/or private use on Public Highways?

3.1 If yes, I require to see the complete strategy, its ambitions and its objectives in PPTX, Word, PDF or picture format.

3.2 I also request a supplementary document that includes all levels of detail on:

(a) Companies and entities involved and the names of the company/entity officers?

(b) Specification sheets of all technology.

(c) What type of communication system will City of Edinburgh council be utilising to control the vehicles?

(d) What UK, EU and International safety standards does your AV strategy and rollout comply with?

(e) I require proof e.g. a certificate from City of Edinburgh council that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and all members of the public have been meet.

3.3 If no, I require all documentation, memos, emails and communication on companies and entities you’re in talks with regarding the formulations of an autonomous public and private vehicle technology strategy.

4. Do you have a strategy for smart roads and smart signage on Public Highways and Public spaces?

4.1 If yes, I require to see the complete strategy, its ambitions and its all it's objectives in all formats available such as PPTX, Word, PDF or picture format.

4.2 I also request a supplementary document that includes all levels of detail on:

(a) Companies and entities involved and the names of the company/entity officers?

(b) Specification sheets of all technology.

(c) What technology e.g. units and arrays will not be 5G, but can be 5G enabled e.g. with current software, future software, hardware upgrades or retrofitting etc (you must be specific on anything here)?

(d) What UK, EU and International safety standards does your 5G strategy and rollout comply with?

(e) I require proof e.g. a certificate from City of Edinburgh council that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been meet.

4.3 If no, I require all documentation, memos, emails and communication on companies and entities you’re in talks with regarding smart roads and smart signage.

5. Are you planning to rollout or have rolled out LED street lighting?

5.1 If yes, please answer these questions:

(a) What is the CMS and specification of the software and hardware of the LED street light system?

(b) What type of waveform is the LED? e.g. Square wave?

(c) Can you control the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) of the streetlight system using the CMS?

(d) Can you control the PWM of each streetlight that’s connected to the system?

(e) What restrictions do you have in place for the control of the PWM?

(f) What is the UK, EU and International safety limit (low and high) for the amount of ‘flicker’ (Hz) the Human Body and eyes can be exposed to and for how long ?

(g) I require to see the training manual and safety operation manual for the CMS and the LED streetlight system.

(h) Who is the company who is to or has installed the CMS LED streetlight system?

(i) What company maintains and repairs the CMS and LED streetlight system?

(j) What entity and Officer is responsible for the safety standards for the CMS and LED streetlight system?

(k) I require proof e.g. a certificate from City of Edinburgh council that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been meet.

(l) What is the amount of Blue Light leakage that’s safe for the public and workers during the LED streetlights operation?

(m) What level of LED streetlight exposure is safe for the public at daytime and night time?

(n) Is there a legal requirement for diffusers to be fitted to LED streetlights?

(o) How have you have addressed the amount of Oxidative Stress on Human and Animal cells that’s produced from LED?

5.2 If no, then I require a declaration from City of Edinburgh council that you will not be installing LED streetlights in the future. If you cannot provide a declaration, I require like the following answered in the future tense:

(a) What is the CMS and specification of the software and hardware of the LED street light system?

(b) What type of waveform is the LED? e.g. Square wave?

(c) Can you control the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) of the streetlight system using the CMS?

(d) Can you control the PWM of each streetlight that’s connected to the system?

(e) What restrictions do you have in place for the control of the PWM?

(f) What is the UK, EU and International safety limit (low and high) for the amount of ‘flicker’ (Hz) the Human Body and eyes can be exposed to and for how long?

(g) I request to see the training manual and safety operation manual for the CMS and the LED streetlight system.

(h) Who is the company who is or has installed the CMS LED streetlight system?

(i) What company maintains and repairs the CMS and LED streetlight system?

(j) What entity and Officer is responsible for the safety standards for the CMS and LED streetlight system?

(k) I require proof e.g. a certificate from City of Edinburgh council that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been meet.

(l) What is the amount of Blue Light leakage that’s safe for the public and workers during the LED streetlights operation?

(m) What level of LED streetlight exposure is safe for the public at daytime and night time?

(n) Is there a legal requirement for diffusers to be fitted to LED streetlights?

(o) How have you have addressed the amount of Oxidative Stress on Human and Animal cells that’s produced from LED your planning to install without seeking consent?

6. I require all memos, presentations, documents, plans, rollouts, emails and details regarding 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, WiFi and WiGIG in all public spaces in and around Edinburgh and Lothians.

Yours faithfully,

Claire: of the family "thompson"; a woman

City of Edinburgh Council

Ms Claire Thompson

Our ref: 21679

Dear Ms Thompson

Acknowledgement of Request

Subject: 5g and new streetlights

Thank you for your request for information of 20/12/2018 which was received on 20/12/2018. In your request you asked for the following;

1. Do you have a 5G strategy?

1.1 If yes, I request to see the complete strategy, its ambitions and its objectives in PPTX, Word, PDF or picture format.

1.2 If yes, has the public had the opportunity to read and understand City of Edinburgh council 5G strategy? Where was this information published?

1.3 I also request a supplementary document that includes the highest level of detail on all 5G technology that’s planned to be used and current in use in public spaces within City of Edinburgh council:

(a) Companies and entities involved and the names of the company/entity officers.

(b) Specification sheets of all 5G technology.

(c) What technology e.g. units and arrays are not currently 5G, but can be 5G enabled e.g. with current software, future software, hardware upgrades or retrofitting?

(d) What UK, EU and International safety standards is City of Edinburgh council complying with for the 5G strategy and existing 5G technology.

(e) I request proof e.g. a certificate from City of Edinburgh council that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been meet.

1.4 If no, I require all documentation, memos, emails and communication on companies and entities you’re in talks with regarding the formulation of a 5G strategy.

2. I require the name/s of the Officer/s in charge of the 5G strategy and roll out including their CV and qualifications in 5G and Smart Cities; and who their subject area expert or consultancy is, their CV and qualifications on 5G and Smart Cities.

3. Are you in talks with any experts, companies or entities about autonomous vehicles (AV) for public transport and/or private use on Public Highways?

3.1 If yes, I require to see the complete strategy, its ambitions and its objectives in PPTX, Word, PDF or picture format.

3.2 I also request a supplementary document that includes all levels of detail on:

(a) Companies and entities involved and the names of the company/entity officers?

(b) Specification sheets of all technology.

(c) What type of communication system will City of Edinburgh council be utilising to control the vehicles?

(d) What UK, EU and International safety standards does your AV strategy and rollout comply with?

(e) I require proof e.g. a certificate from City of Edinburgh council that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and all members of the public have been meet.

3.3 If no, I require all documentation, memos, emails and communication on companies and entities you’re in talks with regarding the formulations of an autonomous public and private vehicle technology strategy.

4. Do you have a strategy for smart roads and smart signage on Public Highways and Public spaces?

4.1 If yes, I require to see the complete strategy, its ambitions and its all it's objectives in all formats available such as PPTX, Word, PDF or picture format.

4.2 I also request a supplementary document that includes all levels of detail on:

(a) Companies and entities involved and the names of the company/entity officers?

(b) Specification sheets of all technology.

(c) What technology e.g. units and arrays will not be 5G, but can be 5G enabled e.g. with current software, future software, hardware upgrades or retrofitting etc (you must be specific on anything here)?

(d) What UK, EU and International safety standards does your 5G strategy and rollout comply with?

(e) I require proof e.g. a certificate from City of Edinburgh council that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been meet.

4.3 If no, I require all documentation, memos, emails and communication on companies and entities you’re in talks with regarding smart roads and smart signage.

5. Are you planning to rollout or have rolled out LED street lighting?

5.1 If yes, please answer these questions:

(a) What is the CMS and specification of the software and hardware of the LED street light system?

(b) What type of waveform is the LED? e.g. Square wave?

(c) Can you control the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) of the streetlight system using the CMS?

(d) Can you control the PWM of each streetlight that’s connected to the system?

(e) What restrictions do you have in place for the control of the PWM?

(f) What is the UK, EU and International safety limit (low and high) for the amount of ‘flicker’ (Hz) the Human Body and eyes can be exposed to and for how long ?

(g) I require to see the training manual and safety operation manual for the CMS and the LED streetlight system.

(h) Who is the company who is to or has installed the CMS LED streetlight system?

(i) What company maintains and repairs the CMS and LED streetlight system?

(j) What entity and Officer is responsible for the safety standards for the CMS and LED streetlight system?

(k) I require proof e.g. a certificate from City of Edinburgh council that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been meet.

(l) What is the amount of Blue Light leakage that’s safe for the public and workers during the LED streetlights operation?

(m) What level of LED streetlight exposure is safe for the public at daytime and night time?

(n) Is there a legal requirement for diffusers to be fitted to LED streetlights?

(o) How have you have addressed the amount of Oxidative Stress on Human and Animal cells that’s produced from LED?

5.2 If no, then I require a declaration from City of Edinburgh council that you will not be installing LED streetlights in the future. If you cannot provide a declaration, I require like the following answered in the future tense:

(a) What is the CMS and specification of the software and hardware of the LED street light system?

(b) What type of waveform is the LED? e.g. Square wave?

(c) Can you control the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) of the streetlight system using the CMS?

(d) Can you control the PWM of each streetlight that’s connected to the system?

(e) What restrictions do you have in place for the control of the PWM?

(f) What is the UK, EU and International safety limit (low and high) for the amount of ‘flicker’ (Hz) the Human Body and eyes can be exposed to and for how long?

(g) I request to see the training manual and safety operation manual for the CMS and the LED streetlight system.

(h) Who is the company who is or has installed the CMS LED streetlight system?

(i) What company maintains and repairs the CMS and LED streetlight system?

(j) What entity and Officer is responsible for the safety standards for the CMS and LED streetlight system?

(k) I require proof e.g. a certificate from City of Edinburgh council that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been meet.

(l) What is the amount of Blue Light leakage that’s safe for the public and workers during the LED streetlights operation?

(m) What level of LED streetlight exposure is safe for the public at daytime and night time?

(n) Is there a legal requirement for diffusers to be fitted to LED streetlights?

(o) How have you have addressed the amount of Oxidative Stress on Human and Animal cells that’s produced from LED your planning to install without seeking consent?

6. I require all memos, presentations, documents, plans, rollouts, emails and details regarding 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, WiFi and WiGIG in all public spaces in and around Edinburgh and Lothians.

I can confirm that your request will be processed under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, Environmental Information Regulations (Scotland) 2004, or the INSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009.

You will receive the information requested within 20 working days unless the Council does not hold the information, or there is a reason for it to be withheld. We will write to you in any event. This means we have until 23/01/2019 to respond to your request.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case we will let you know.

If you have any requirements regarding the format any information should be supplied in, e.g. the language to be used, audio, large print and so on, then please let me know.

If you have any queries or concerns, do not hesitate to get in touch. Please quote the reference number above in any future communications.

To promote transparency and accountability, please note it is the Council’s policy to publish all request details and responses made under the freedom of information legislation. This information will be made available through the Council’s website and will not include your personal details. The disclosure log is available at the following link: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/homepage/175....

Further information about your rights and accessing information is available on our website at: www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Unit
Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340
[Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Dear City of Edinburgh Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of City of Edinburgh Council's handling of my FOI request '5g and new streetlights Freedom of information request'.

The information is overdue and work's are being carried out currently without any public consultation.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/5...

Yours faithfully,

Claire

Review, City of Edinburgh Council

Dear Claire,

Thank you for your email.

The due date of your initial response was 23rd January; as such your request for a review could not start until 24th January.

Your request has been logged and you will receive a response to your review request by 21st February.

Kind regards,

Gabriella Trybalska| Information Governance Unit| Strategy & Insight Division| Chief Executive | The City of Edinburgh Council | Business Centre 2:1, Waverley Court, 4, East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG | Tel: 0131 529 3459| Email: [email address] | Website: www.edinburgh.gov.uk

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Dear City of Edinburgh Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of City of Edinburgh Council's handling of my FOI request '5g and new streetlights Freedom of information request.

This request has not been acknowledged, nor has my review as it was a day early apparently. This information is LONG overdue and I see that the council are actually in the process of installing theses lights over the city which as a member of the public I wholly object to and have serious valid concerns that need addressing ASAP.

I kindly require that this is looked into as a matter of urgency. I have now contract my MP an the relevant agency to complain about this as the council are well over time and with works currently underway it's very concerning to me as it's not been proven Safe. They are emitting non ionising radiation 24/ 7 which is hazardous to all life such as depicted here when European students conducted an experiment.

http://stopsmartmeters.org.uk/9th-grade-...

I'm really concerned that this request has been ignored and works are currently underway I am extremely sensitive to electromagnetic radiation waves (or their quanta, photons) of the electromagnetic field, propagating (radiating) through space, carrying electromagnetic radiant energy. And the city council are failing in their duty of care towards me and all of my family by installing theses lights without public knowledge or consent when there's major concern regarding the health implications and adverse effects on all living things. Therefore Please respond to this request asap it is overdue and I'm going to take this further if you aren't willing to respond as lawfully required to.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/5...

Yours faithfully,

By: Claire

Review, City of Edinburgh Council

Dear Claire,

I refer to my email of 25th January, which acknowledged your request for a review. You will receive a response by 21 February.

Yours sincerely,

Gabriella Trybalska| Information Governance Unit| Strategy & Communications Division| Chief Executive | The City of Edinburgh Council | Business Centre 2:1, Waverley Court, 4, East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG | Tel: 0131 529 3459| Email: [email address] | Website: www.edinburgh.gov.uk

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Claire left an annotation ()

I'm still waiting for the information they've not asked me for more time. Requested an internal review regarding this matter and they've got a few more weeks to get back to me on that. Disgraceful that works are underway despite no safety or risk assessments!

Get your requests in would seem they're not very forthcoming with this information I wonder why!

Dear Review,
I wasn't sure with the review request being early if it was considered valid. Many thanks for clarifying that I look forward to hearing back from you

Yours sincerely,

Claire

craig cummings left an annotation ()

Hi Claire,
If you look at the disclosure log that Edinburgh council publishes every foi request to, it shows your request as resolved on 24th January at 10:15 am,

however reading through your request it does not appear to be resolved

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Request no. 21679. Received: 20/12/2018, Resolved: 24/01/2019 10:15:00
5g and new streetlights

Do you have a 5G strategy?

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Claire left an annotation ()

Really that's a disgrace they've not even asked for extra time or anything I've contacted my MP I'm going to check that out I've only been on there once I'm unaware of you can correct anything on their site....

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