Considerations for synchronization in body area networks for human activity monitoring

Johan Plomp (Corresponding Author), Mikko Heiskanen, Mika Hillukkala, Tapio Heikkilä, Jari Rehu, Niek Lambert, Victor van Acht, Tom Ahola

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Abstract

In this paper, we highlight considerations for synchronization issues in body area networks. Requirements for the synchronization accuracy in body area networks depend on the application at hand. Synchronization may be needed for power management, sample ordering, calculation of stimulus responses and for sensor fusion. This paper provides a theoretical exercise to help understand the accuracy required for typical human motion sensing. It gives an overview of various synchronisation strategies used and implemented in prototype systems. Lessons learnt from practical implementations using Bluetooth, an IEEE 802.15.4 proprietary network and Nanonet are presented to illustrate the principles involved. The discussion provides some considerations and the requirements for typical WBAN applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-294
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Wireless Information Networks
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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Keywords

  • Wireless body area networks
  • Wireless networks
  • Motion sensing
  • Activity sensing
  • Synchronization

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Considerations for synchronization in body area networks for human activity monitoring. / Plomp, Johan (Corresponding Author); Heiskanen, Mikko; Hillukkala, Mika; Heikkilä, Tapio; Rehu, Jari; Lambert, Niek; van Acht, Victor; Ahola, Tom.

In: International Journal of Wireless Information Networks, Vol. 18, No. 4, 2011, p. 280-294.

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