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MAC protocols and mobility management module for healthcare applications using wireless sensor networks

Atto, M. and Guy, C. (2012) MAC protocols and mobility management module for healthcare applications using wireless sensor networks. In: In The 13th Annual Post Graduate Symposium on the Convergence of Telecommunications, Networking and Broadcasting (PGNet2012), June 2012., Liverpool, United Kingdom,.

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Using Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) in healthcare systems has had a lot of attention in recent years. In much of this research tasks like sensor data processing, health states decision making and emergency message sending are done by a remote server. Many patients with lots of sensor data consume a great deal of communication resources, bring a burden to the remote server and delay the decision time and notification time. A healthcare application for elderly people using WSN has been simulated in this paper. A WSN designed for the proposed healthcare application needs efficient MAC and routing protocols to provide a guarantee for the reliability of the data delivered from the patients to the medical centre. Based on these requirements, the GinMAC protocol including a mobility module has been chosen, to provide the required performance such as reliability for data delivery and energy saving. Simulation results show that this modification to GinMAC can offer the required performance for the proposed healthcare application.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID Code:39843
Uncontrolled Keywords:WSN; Healthcare Applications; GinMAC; Mobility; Castalia.

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