Enabling technologies for wireless body area networks: A survey and outlook

Huasong Cao, Victor Leung, Cupid Chow, Chun Bun Henry Chan

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A wireless body area network is a radio-fre-quency-based wireless networking technology that interconnects tiny nodes with sensor or actuator capabilities in, on, or around a human body. In a civilian networking environment, WBANs provide ubiquitous networking functionalities for applications varying from healthcare to safeguarding of uniformed personnel. This article surveys pioneer WBAN research projects and enabling technologies. It explores application scenarios, sensor/actuator devices, radio systems, and interconnection of WBANs to provide perspective on the trade-offs between data rate, power consumption, and network coverage. Finally, a number of open research issues are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5350373
Pages (from-to)84-93
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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