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Sensors 2014, 14(2), 2397-2416; doi:10.3390/s140202397
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A Mobility Enabled Inpatient Monitoring System Using a ZigBee Medical Sensor Network

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1 Department of Electronic Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China 2 School of Engineering & Mathematical Science, City University London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB, UK
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Received: 2 November 2013 / Revised: 16 January 2014 / Accepted: 17 January 2014 / Published: 30 January 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Sensor Networks)
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Abstract

This paper presents a ZigBee In-Patient Monitoring system embedded with a new ZigBee mobility management solution. The system enables ZigBee device mobility in a fixed ZigBee network. The usage, the architecture and the mobility framework are discussed in details in the paper. The evaluation shows that the new algorithm offers a good efficiency, resulting in a low management cost. In addition, the system can save lives by providing a panic button and can be used as a location tracking service. A case study focused on the Princes of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong is presented and findings are given. This investigation reveals that the developed mobile solutions offer promising value-added services for many potential ZigBee applications.
Keywords: ZigBee medical sensor network; mobility management; patient monitoring ZigBee medical sensor network; mobility management; patient monitoring
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Tung, H.C.; Tsang, K.F.; Lam, K.L.; Tung, H.Y.; Li, B.Y.S.; Yeung, L.F.; Ko, K.T.; Lau, W.H.; Rakocevic, V. A Mobility Enabled Inpatient Monitoring System Using a ZigBee Medical Sensor Network. Sensors 2014, 14, 2397-2416.

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