Title: AN OPEN SOURCE ARCHITECTURE OF A WIRELESS BODY AREA NETWORK IN A MEDICAL ENVIRONMENT

Issue Number: Vol. 6, No. 2
Year of Publication: Apr - 2016
Page Numbers: 63-77
Authors: George Kokkonis, Sotirios Kontogiannis, Dimitrios Tomtsis
Journal Name: International Journal of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (IJDIWC)
- Hong Kong
DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.17781/P001975

Abstract:


This contribution describes the design and implementation of a novel Wireless Body Area Network system for healthcare monitoring, the architecture of which is based on commercially available and cost-effective hardware components, open-source software and a remote data repository for storage. In particular, the system utilizes a number of wearable medical sensors to measure different patient bio-signals which are all collected to a wearable microcomputer station. Medical sensor measurements are then categorized based on the criticality of the measurement and transmitted to a remote station. This long-range transmission is supported by a new network adaptive protocol designed to mainly transmit real-time medical data. In a prototype system, tests based on realtime and close to real-time transmission architectures have so far yielded favorable results in comparison to other existing protocols.