Wireless Body-Area-Networks: toward a wearable intranet

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Hanlen, Leif; Smith, David


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Wireless Body-Area-Networks: toward a wearable intranet

Wireless Body-area-networks (BAN's) represent the humanization of the internet of things: moving wireless sensor networks onto and even inside the human body. Applications of BAN's touch every aspect of health, fitness, occupational and everyday living, and include critical care, elite/amateur sports, military personnel and consumer entertainment. The global shipment for wireless body sensors is expected grow from 11 million units in 2009 to 420 million units in 2014. With the promise of such networks to improve human monitoring, comes the challenge of making unobtrusive and reliable ambient wireless systems. The aim of this tutorial is to provide a context of emerging wireless standardization efforts (in particular 802.15.4c/802.15.6, Continua and Wibree), and research challenges which impact on body-area-networking. We will outline the requirements and motivation of BAN's based on several real-world scenarios. We will show interaction between application layers and wireless protocols and radio schemes required to service them. The audience will be exposed to physical layer wireless technologies and "myth-busters" style highlights into the counter-intuitive aspects of BAN's which differentiate them from typical wireless sensor networks. This tutorial will give, engineers, and researchers a broad understanding of a BAN system; and the challenges and opportunities presented in research, development, integration and commercialization. A comprehensive introduction will be combined with in-depth discussion of important BAN communications techniques, and potential system design techniques. No previous experience in wireless sensor networks is required.

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Hanlen, Leif; Smith, David. Wireless Body-Area-Networks: toward a wearable intranet.[Conference Material]. 2011-02-03. <a href="http://hdl.handle.net/102.100.100/105092?index=1" target="_blank">http://hdl.handle.net/102.100.100/105092?index=1</a>

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