Evaluating the IEEE 802.15.6 2.4GHz WBAN Proposal on Medical Multi-Parameter Monitoring under WiFi/Bluetooth Interference [chapter]

Yufei Wang, Qixin Wang
Digital Advances in Medicine, E-Health, and Communication Technologies  
Wireless body area networks (WBAN) play a key role in the future of e-Health. In response, IEEE sets up working group 802.15.6 to standardize WBAN schemes. Of all existing standard proposals, the 2.4GHz proposal is the most mature and ready for mass production. However, as e-Health WBAN applications are often mission/life critical, people are concerned with the reliability (particularly, coexistence reliability) of this proposal. This study evaluates the 2.4GHz proposal under WiFi/Bluetooth
more » ... WiFi/Bluetooth interference in the context of medical multi-parameter monitoring. The authors conclude that WiFi poses a major threat to such application scenario, while Bluetooth does not. severe challenge of aging, as a consequence of long-lasting one-child policy (Kaneda, 2006) . To curb the healthcare crisis, medical devices and systems must be upgraded to expand capabilities, increase efficiency, improve safety, and enhance convenience. One enabling technology to these goals is wireless body area networks (WBAN). A key application of WBAN is multi-parameter monitoring (i.e., monitoring multiple vital signs). For instance, during operation or
doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-2794-9.ch018 fatcat:ist3byuzlbenrkntyrpcrkp4j4