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Wireless Body Area Network

Wireless Body Area Network

WBAN wireless networks operating in compact devices that are worn in clothing or embedded into the body will collect and communicate a variety of data, including bio-medical telemetry, personal statistics, haptic feedback control data, cosmetic appearance control data and short range interface I/O with other systems.

Groundbreaking Study of Wireless Body Area Networks Made Possible by $1.2 Million Award from NIST – [wpi.edu]

BANs are made up of compact medical sensors that can be worn by individuals or implanted in their bodies, depending upon the application. Data from the sensors are transmitted to base stations and then on to hospitals or clinics, where they may be monitored and analyzed. Data from these sensors can also be used to pinpoint the location of medical devices, for example implants or tiny sensors ingested to study the digestive system. Though most initial applications of BANs are expected to be in healthcare, the networks will likely find uses in many other areas. For example, they may be used to monitor athletes or military personnel.

7 things you should know about Body Area Networks (BANs) – [zdnet.com]

The budding field of Body Area Networks gives new meaning to the term “personal” in PCs. In a nutshell, the technology leverages wireless communications protocols that allow for low-powered sensors to communicate with one another and transmit data to a local base station and to remote places like hospitals.

For instance, small flat sensors placed on the skin, or even under it, could be used to create a “medical” body area network that provides doctors with real-time data about their patients’ bio-signs. Another key application is short-range person-to-person communications that could help protect front line soldiers in combat.

Implant Communications in Body Area Networks – [nist.gov]

Body Area Networks for Faster Wireless Sensor Adoption – [intel.com]

Tutorial on Body Area Networks – [ieee.org]

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