Network Topologies for dual band (UWB - Transmit and narrow band-receive) Wireless Body Area Network

K. M. Silva, M. R. Yuce, J. Y. Khan

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This paper studies the performance of a Medium Access Control (MAC) protocol for an Impulse Radio Ultra Wide Band (IR-UWB) based Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN). Unlike conventional UWB wireless schemes, the proposed UWB based WBAN uses UWB pulses for transmission and a narrowband signal for receiving at the sensor node to achieve a low-power network. To investigate the performance of the UWB-WBAN system in a large environment like hospitals, two network topologies have been considered. One topology uses a router as an intermediate node to collect vital physiological information collected by on-body sensor nodes. In the second scenario, the sensors directly transmit the collected data to a central control node. Binary Pulse Position Modulation (BPPM) is used as the modulation scheme for UWB transmission and Frequency Shift Keying (FSK) is used for narrow band transmission. Another unique feature in the proposed WBAN network is that the sensor nodes utilize multiple pulses per bit during UWB transmission. Number of pulses sent per bit are dynamically varied according to received bit error rate and used to optimize wireless transmission, thus providing low-power consumption.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International ICST Conference on Body Area Networks, BodyNets 2011
Subtitle of host publicationBeijing, China; 7-8 November 2011
EditorsYunhao Liu, Roozbeh Jafari, Chenyang Lu
Place of PublicationBelgium
PublisherInstitute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering (ICST)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781936968299
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2012
EventInternational Conference on Body Area Networks 2011 - Beijing, China
Duration: 7 Nov 201110 Nov 2011
Conference number: 6th (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Body Area Networks 2011
Abbreviated titleBodyNets 2011
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  • IEEE 802.15.4
  • Narrow band
  • UWB
  • WBAN

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