Mobile Networks and Applications

, Volume 19, Issue 6, pp 684–697 | Cite as

Disruption-Tolerant Wireless Sensor Networking for Biomedical Monitoring in Outdoor Conditions

Monitoring the Cardiac Activity of Marathon Runners using DTN Techniques
  • Frédéric GuidecEmail author
  • Djamel Benferhat
  • Patrice Quinton


Off-the-shelf wireless sensing devices open up interesting perspectives for biomedical monitoring. Yet because of their limited processing and transmission capacities most applications considered to date imply either indoor real-time data streaming, or ambulatory data recording. In this paper we investigate the possibility of using disruption-tolerant wireless sensors to monitor the biomedical parameters of athletes during outdoor sports events. We focus on a scenario we believe to be a most challenging one: the ECG monitoring of runners during a marathon race, using off-the shelf sensing devices and a limited number of base stations deployed along the marathon route. Field experiments conducted during intra-campus sports events show that such a scenario is indeed viable, although special attention must be paid to supporting episodic, low-rate transmissions between sensors carried by runners and roadside base stations.


Biomedical monitoring Wireless sensor networking Delay/disruption-tolerant networking 



The authors would like to thank Alan Srey who re-designed and implemented part of the Android application during a summer internship, and participated in some of the experiments whose results are presented in this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frédéric Guidec
    • 1
    Email author
  • Djamel Benferhat
    • 1
  • Patrice Quinton
    • 2
  1. 1.IRISA - Université de Bretagne-SudVannesFrance
  2. 2.IRISA - École Normale Supérieure de RennesRennesFrance

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