Medical body area networks will employ both implantable and bodyworn devices to support a diverse range of applications with throughputs ranging from several bits per hour up to 10 Mbps. The challenge is to accommodate this range of applications within a single wireless network based on a suitably flexible and power efficient medium access control protocol. To this end, we present a Medical Medium Access Control (MedMAC) protocol for energy efficient and adaptable channel access in body area networks. The MedMAC incorporates a novel synchronisation mechanism and initial power efficiency simulations show that the MedMAC protocol outperforms the IEEE 802.15.4 protocol for two classes of medical applications.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Wireless Communication, Vehicular Technology, Information Theory and Aerospace|
|Place of Publication||Aalborg|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 18 May 2009|
Timmons, N. F., & Scanlon, W. G. (2009). An adaptive energy efficient MAC protocol for the medical body area network. In Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Wireless Communication, Vehicular Technology, Information Theory and Aerospace (pp. 587-593). Aalborg: IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/WIRELESSVITAE.2009.5172512