The reliable delivery of data is important in designing Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs) employed for critical applications such as e-health. In order to communicate the data reliably from the sensors to the base station, the data transmission technique (star or multi-hop) and the transmission power plays a very important role. As transmission power is increased, transmission distance is increased and the data can be sent reliably to far nodes. However, in WBANs, there is always a limit to increase the transmission power. Keeping the power level at some low threshold and increasing the distance between a sensor and the base station results in reduced received power which ultimately degrades the data transmission. Thus, for star data transmission technique, the point to ponder is the maximum separation between a sensor and the base station to transmit the data reliably. The reliability in WBANs can be analyzed through different parameters such as received power, received signal strength indicator, link quality indicator, packet error rate, packet reception rate, etc. This paper aims at performing a reliability analysis for WBAN through the mentioned parameters to suggest an optimal sensor/base station separation using star data transmission technique. This analysis is performed employing the default routing protocol in TinyOS called the Collection Tree Protocol. Our study considers different sensor placements on different parts of the body as well as different angular offsets between sensor and base station.
|Title of host publication||2014 IEEE 16th International Conference on e-Health Networking, Applications and Services (Healthcom)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Oct 2014|
|Event||2014 IEEE 16th International Conference on e-Health Networking, Applications and Services (Healthcom) - Natal, Brazil|
Duration: 15 Oct 2014 → 18 Oct 2014
|Conference||2014 IEEE 16th International Conference on e-Health Networking, Applications and Services (Healthcom)|
|Period||15/10/14 → 18/10/14|