Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 1065–1094

A Comprehensive Survey of Wireless Body Area Networks

On PHY, MAC, and Network Layers Solutions

Authors

  • Sana Ullah
    • UWB-ITRC Research CenterInha University
  • Henry Higgins
    • Zarlink Semiconductors
  • Bart Braem
    • Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceUniversity of Antwerp/IBBT
  • Benoit Latre
    • Department of Information TechnologyGhent University/IBBT
  • Chris Blondia
    • Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceUniversity of Antwerp/IBBT
  • Ingrid Moerman
    • Department of Information TechnologyGhent University/IBBT
    • UWB-ITRC Research CenterInha University
  • Ziaur Rahman
    • Department of Biological SciencesKorea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
  • Kyung Sup Kwak
    • UWB-ITRC Research CenterInha University
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10916-010-9571-3

Cite this article as:
Ullah, S., Higgins, H., Braem, B. et al. J Med Syst (2012) 36: 1065. doi:10.1007/s10916-010-9571-3

Abstract

Recent advances in microelectronics and integrated circuits, system-on-chip design, wireless communication and intelligent low-power sensors have allowed the realization of a Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN). A WBAN is a collection of low-power, miniaturized, invasive/non-invasive lightweight wireless sensor nodes that monitor the human body functions and the surrounding environment. In addition, it supports a number of innovative and interesting applications such as ubiquitous healthcare, entertainment, interactive gaming, and military applications. In this paper, the fundamental mechanisms of WBAN including architecture and topology, wireless implant communication, low-power Medium Access Control (MAC) and routing protocols are reviewed. A comprehensive study of the proposed technologies for WBAN at Physical (PHY), MAC, and Network layers is presented and many useful solutions are discussed for each layer. Finally, numerous WBAN applications are highlighted.

Keywords

Implant communicationPhysicalWBANMACNetworkingRoutingSurvey

Acronyms and abbreviations

ALTR

Adaptive Least Temperature Routing

AES

Advanced Encryption Standard

CSMA/CA

Carrier Sense Multiple Access/Collision Avoidance

CAP

Contention Access Period

CFP

Contention Free Period

CCA

Clear Channel Assessment

C1/C2

Control Channels

CE

Consumer Electronics

CTR

Counter

CBC

Cipher-block Chaining

CCM

Counter with CBC

CRC

Cyclic Redundancy Check

CAB

Coefficient of Absorption and Bioeffects

CICADA

Cascading Information Retrieval by Controlling Access with Distributed slot Assignment protocol

CBR

Constant Bit Rate

DTDMA

Reservation-based Dynamic TDMA Protocol

ERP

Effective Radiated Power

ECG

Electrocardiogram

FCC

Federal Communication Commission

FDTD

Finite Difference Time Domain

GDP

Gross Domestic Product

GTS

Guaranteed Time Slot

H-MAC

Heart-beat Driven MAC Protocol

HEC

Hydroxyl Ethyl Cellulose

H-V

Horizontal-Vertical Polarisation

H-H

Horizontal-Horizontal Polarisation

IEEE

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

ISM

Industrial, Scientific, and Medical band

LPL

Low Power Listening

LBT

Listen Before Talking

LOS

Line Of Sight

LTR

Least Temperature Routing

LTRT

Least Total Route Temperature

MAC

Medium Access Control

MICS

Medical Implant Communications Service

MAC (bold letters)

Message Authentication Code

MN

Master Node

MS

Monitoring Station

NIST

National Institute of Standards and Technology

NLOS

Non-line Of Sight

NS2

Network Simulator 2

PHY

Physical Layer

PB-TDMA

Preamble-based TDMA Protocol

QoS

Quality of Service

RF

Radio Frequency

REMCOM

a software company (http://www.remcom.com/)

SAR

Specific Absorption Rate

TDMA

Time Division Multiple Access

TSRP

Time Slot Reserved for Periodic Traffic

TSRB

Time Slot Reserved for Bursty Traffic

TARA

Thermal Aware Routing Algorithm

TIP

Temperature Increase Potential

UWB

Ultra-wide Band

V-V

Vertical-Vertical Polarisation

V-H

Vertical-Horizontal Polarisation

WBAN

Wireless Body Area Network

WMTS

Wireless Medical Telemetry Services

WASP

Wireless Autonomous Spanning Tree Protocol

WSN

Wireless Sensor Network

XFDTD

a 3d Electromagnetic simulation software package

XOR

Exclusive OR

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