Body-area-networks/healthcare/wireless sensing – new books published

July 31, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Elsevier Science and Technology Books has published a series of titles in the Electronic Engineering/Communications subject area; included are two that deal specifically with emerging opportunities and challenges in the healthcare sector, with novel applications enabled by low-power electronics and “Internet of Things” developments. Here are the publisher's descriptions;

Co-operative and Energy Efficient Body Area and Wireless Sensor Networks for Healthcare Applications ” by Akram Alomainy, Raffaele Di Bari, Qammer H. Abbasi, and Yifan Chen

Advances in small, low-cost radio transceivers and RF front-ends development, make the possibility of applying ubiquitous, non-invasive sensors integrated into user's daily clothing and living activities more feasible. The ability to share data increases the usefulness of personal information devices, providing features not possible with independent isolated devices. Current wireless sensor solutions are not able to overcome obstacles and shadowing of propagating radio waves. For reliable communications, an increase in power consumption is required, reducing battery life. This book addresses these limitations by designing efficient and compact antenna systems. These systems will be cooperative and also aware of the surrounding environment and neighbouring units, providing efficient and low power wireless connectivity for personal area network (PAN) and body area network (BAN) applications.

The authors are, respectively, at; Queen Mary College, University of London, UK; EADS Astrium, UK; University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan; South University of Science and Technology of China.

“Wireless UWB Body Area Networks: Using the IEEE802.15.4-2011 ” by Matti Hämäläinen and Jari Iinatti

Wireless sensor and body area networks (WSNs and WBANs respectively) are seen as a future way to monitor humans' psycho-physiological signs remotely. There are a number of standards that could be used for building WBAN systems. However, wireless UWB networks based on IEEE 802.15.4a offer the advantages of a large frequency range and low power spectral density, making it suitable for both WSNs and WBANs used for medical applications. This book presents how the IEEE802.15.4-2011 (former IEEE802.15.4a) can be used in WBANs for healthcare and welfare related applications. It gives a short overview on the IEEE802.15.4 family and then gives details of IEEE802.15.4-2011 based solutions.

The authors are at the Center for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland.

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