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Sensors 2014, 14(1), 575-594; doi:10.3390/s140100575
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On the Capability of Smartphones to Perform as Communication Gateways in Medical Wireless Personal Area Networks

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Received: 16 November 2013; in revised form: 16 December 2013 / Accepted: 29 December 2013 / Published: 2 January 2014
(This article belongs to the collection Sensors for Globalized Healthy Living and Wellbeing)
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Abstract: This paper evaluates and characterizes the technical performance of medical wireless personal area networks (WPANs) that are based on smartphones. For this purpose, a prototype of a health telemonitoring system is presented. The prototype incorporates a commercial Android smartphone, which acts as a relay point, or “gateway”, between a set of wireless medical sensors and a data server. Additionally, the paper investigates if the conventional capabilities of current commercial smartphones can be affected by their useas gateways or “Holters” in health monitoring applications. Specifically, the profiling has focused on the CPU and power consumption of the mobile devices. These metrics have been measured under several test conditions modifying the smartphone model, the type of sensors connected to the WPAN, the employed Bluetooth profile (SPP (serial port profile) or HDP (health device profile)), the use of other peripherals, such as a GPS receiver, the impact of the use of the Wi-Fi interface or the employed method to encode and forward the data that are collected from the sensors.
Keywords: wireless personal area networks; Bluetooth; SPP; HDP; smartphone; Android; performance evaluation wireless personal area networks; Bluetooth; SPP; HDP; smartphone; Android; performance evaluation
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Morón, M.J.; Luque, R.; Casilari, E. On the Capability of Smartphones to Perform as Communication Gateways in Medical Wireless Personal Area Networks. Sensors 2014, 14, 575-594.

AMA Style

Morón MJ, Luque R, Casilari E. On the Capability of Smartphones to Perform as Communication Gateways in Medical Wireless Personal Area Networks. Sensors. 2014; 14(1):575-594.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Morón, María J.; Luque, Rafael; Casilari, Eduardo. 2014. "On the Capability of Smartphones to Perform as Communication Gateways in Medical Wireless Personal Area Networks." Sensors 14, no. 1: 575-594.


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