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Security Belt for Wireless Implantable Medical Devices


In this study, a new protective design compatible with existing non-secure systems was proposed, since it is focused on the secure communication of wireless IMD systems in all transmissions. This new protector is an external wearable device and appears to be a belt fitted around for the patients IMD implanted. However, in order to provide effective full duplex transmissions and physical layer security, some sophisticated transceiver antennas have been placed on the belt. In this approach, beam-focused multi-antennas in optimal positions on the belt are randomly switched when transmissions to the IMD are performed and multi-jammer switching with MRC combining or majority-rule based receiving techniques are applied when transmissions from the IMD are carried out. This approach can also reduce the power consumption of the IMDs and contribute to the prolongation of the IMD’s battery life.

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Kulaç, S. Security Belt for Wireless Implantable Medical Devices. J Med Syst 41, 172 (2017).

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  • Wireless IMDs
  • IMD telemetry communications
  • Physical layer security
  • Security for IMDs
  • Full-duplex security