Design of energy efficient topologies for wireless on-body channel
Faculty of Sciences. Mathematics and Computer Science
S.l. :IEEE Computer Society, 2011
17th European Wireless Conference, Vienna, Austria, 2011
University of Antwerp
Advanced applications in the area of remote health monitoring can be realized by Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs). This paper investigates the physical propagation channel at 2.45 GHz near real humans and presents an application for cross-layer design in order to optimize the energy consumption of single-hop and multi-hop network topologies. The characterization of the physical layer is an important element in the development of a WBAN. Propagation measurements are performed on real humans in a multipath environment and propagation models are proposed. As a cross-layer application, the proposed path loss models are used to evaluate the energy efficiency of different network topologies. The paper investigates which topology is the most energy efficient in WBANs: single-hop or multi-hop communication.