Sensors 2014, 14(1), 1322-1357; doi:10.3390/s140101322

A Survey of Routing Protocols in Wireless Body Sensor Networks

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Received: 25 November 2013; in revised form: 30 December 2013 / Accepted: 30 December 2013 / Published: 13 January 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensors Data Fusion for Healthcare)
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Abstract: Wireless Body Sensor Networks (WBSNs) constitute a subset of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) responsible for monitoring vital sign-related data of patients and accordingly route this data towards a sink. In routing sensed data towards sinks, WBSNs face some of the same routing challenges as general WSNs, but the unique requirements of WBSNs impose some more constraints that need to be addressed by the routing mechanisms. This paper identifies various issues and challenges in pursuit of effective routing in WBSNs. Furthermore, it provides a detailed literature review of the various existing routing protocols used in the WBSN domain by discussing their strengths and weaknesses.
Keywords: Wireless Body Sensor Networks; Wireless Sensor Networks; routing protocols
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Bangash, J.I.; Abdullah, A.H.; Anisi, M.H.; Khan, A.W. A Survey of Routing Protocols in Wireless Body Sensor Networks. Sensors 2014, 14, 1322-1357.

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Bangash JI, Abdullah AH, Anisi MH, Khan AW. A Survey of Routing Protocols in Wireless Body Sensor Networks. Sensors. 2014; 14(1):1322-1357.

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Bangash, Javed I.; Abdullah, Abdul H.; Anisi, Mohammad H.; Khan, Abdul W. 2014. "A Survey of Routing Protocols in Wireless Body Sensor Networks." Sensors 14, no. 1: 1322-1357.

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