An adaptive energy efficient MAC protocol for the medical body area network

N.F. Timmons, W.G. Scanlon

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    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.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st International Conference on Wireless Communication, Vehicular Technology, Information Theory and Aerospace
    Place of PublicationAalborg
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-4066-5
    Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2009

    Publication series



    • METIS-275989
    • EWI-20049
    • IR-76723

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