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Ofcom wants to open up wireless spectrum to "hundreds of new uses"

A study commissioned by Ofcom called "Tomorrow's Wireless World" disclosed a number of avenues that the telecoms regulator is exploring as it looks into other ways that wireless technology can influence our lives for the next two decades.

The regulator has also identified other applications ranging from devices which will monitor health and radio frequency tags on food packages to sensors that could automatically reveal the position of a crashed car to emergency services.

To facilitate this transition, Ofcom will request that the government releases extra radio spectrum as more services comes online.

In a probable future scenario, elders could depend on "intelligent pill boxes" which would be able to send reminders to doctors and could be fitted with in-body sensors implanted inside the human body as well as having bracelets which could warn emergency services of any prior medical conditions.

As the UK population ages, the need for innovative and cost-effective ways to provide elderly people with as much autonomy as possible is becoming an increasingly important issue as the NHS is already under huge pressure to rein in costs.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.