Data Paths in Wearable Communication Networks

  • Christian Decker
  • Michael Beigl
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2299)


Wearable communication networks are a new type of networks where communication wires are embedded into textiles. It allows the connection between sensors and devices embedded into the material. Data from such devices can be sent over various pieces of clothing to other devices in the network. A special characteristic of such a network is the unreliable connection between different pieces of clothing. This paper presents a prototype system and investigates routing methods using simulations of a fabric area network. Input data for simulations are derived from the operation of a first working prototype. Among the investigated routing methods are various Flooding, Hot- Potato and Simple Hot-Potato protocols. Throughput, way lengths and delay times were used as metrics. Results indicate that routing can optimize the performance of the FAN for each metric, but not for all metrics.


Sensor Network Data Packet Data Path Controller Area Network Network Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Decker
    • 1
  • Michael Beigl
    • 1
  1. 1.TecOUniversity of KarlsruheKarlsruheGermany

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