Briefing on Wireless Body Area and Sensor Networks


Pedro Coronel, Wolfgang Schott, Katja Schwieger, Ernesto Zimmermann, Thomas Zasowski, and Pierre Chevillat (Editor)


(i) 8th Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF8bis) Meeting, Beijing, China, Feb. 2004; (ii) 11th Wireless World Research Forum Meeting, Oslo, Norway, June 2004.

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Wireless Body Area and Sensor Networking (WBAN/WSN) are emerging technologies that have a wide range of potential applications including medical and context-aware systems, smart spaces, monitoring and surveillance. This white presentation motivates the research on those short range communication technologies as part of the scope of the WWRF Working Group 5. The specificities of WBAN/WSN are underlined by contrasting them with traditional wireless networks, and the corresponding technical challenges that have to be faced are considered. Investigation has to be conducted at two levels simultaneously: while the hardware components of individual nodes need a low-cost and low-power design, the feasibility of WBAN/WSN also depends on network-level issues such as efficiency of the communication protocols. Moreover, their integration into future wireless heterogeneous networks gains importance as a necessary step to shape the 4G landscape. Finally, we describe several standardization efforts and alliances that have been active or are currently active in that space.


Wireless Body Area Networks, Sensor Networks, RFID Tags, Smart Home

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