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.