Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1145/1248054.1248061
Title: Investigating network architectures for body sensor networks
Authors: Natarajan, A. 
Motani, M. 
De Silva, B. 
Yap, K.-K.
Chua, K.C. 
Keywords: Body sensor networks
Network architecture
Issue Date: 2007
Source: Natarajan, A.,Motani, M.,De Silva, B.,Yap, K.-K.,Chua, K.C. (2007). Investigating network architectures for body sensor networks. HealthNet'07: Proceedings of the 1st ACM SIGMOBILE International Workshop on Systems and Networking Support for Healthcare and Assisted Living Environments : 19-24. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1145/1248054.1248061
Abstract: The choice of network architecture for body sensor networks is an important one because it significantly affects overall system design and performance. Current approaches use propagation models or specific medium access control protocols to study architectural choices. The issue with the first approach is that the models do not capture the effects of interference and fading. Further, the question of architecture can be raised without imposing a specific MAC protocol. In this paper, we first evaluate the star and multihop network topologies against design goals, such as power and delay efficiency. We then design experiments to investigate the behavior of electromagnetic propagation at 2.4 GHz through and around the human body. Along the way, we develop a novel visualization tool to aid in summarizing information across all pairs of nodes, thus providing a way to discern patterns in large data sets visually. Our results suggest that while a star architecture with nodes operating at low power levels might suffice in a cluttered indoor environment, nodes in an outdoor setting will have to operate at higher power levels or change to a multihop architecture to support acceptable packet delivery ratios. Through simple analysis, the potential increase in packet delivery ratio by switching to a multihop architecture is evaluated. Copyright 2007 ACM.
Source Title: HealthNet'07: Proceedings of the 1st ACM SIGMOBILE International Workshop on Systems and Networking Support for Healthcare and Assisted Living Environments
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/70669
ISBN: 1595937676
DOI: 10.1145/1248054.1248061
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