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Sensors 2014, 14(2), 3019-3032; doi:10.3390/s140203019

Design and Implementation of a Smart Sensor for Respiratory Rate Monitoring

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1 OnTech Security Enterprise, C/Lucena del Puerto, Huelva E-21002, Spain 2 Biomedical Engineering Group, University of Seville, Avda de los Descubrimientos, s/n, Seville E-41092, Spain 3 Department of Electronic Engineering, Computers, and Automatic, University of Huelva, Ctra Huelva, La Rábida, s/n, Huelva 21819, Spain
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Received: 29 December 2013 / Revised: 31 January 2014 / Accepted: 10 February 2014 / Published: 14 February 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue State-of-the-Art Sensors Technology in Spain 2013)
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This work presents the design, development and implementation of a smart sensor to monitor the respiratory rate. This sensor is aimed at overcoming the drawbacks of other systems currently available in market, namely, devices that are costly, uncomfortable, difficult-to-install, provide low detection sensitivity, and little-to-null patient-to-patient calibration. The device is based on capacitive sensing by means of an LC oscillator. Experimental results show that the sensor meets the necessary requirements, making feasible the proposed monitoring system with the technology used.
Keywords: capacitive technology; respiratory rate monitoring; smart sensor capacitive technology; respiratory rate monitoring; smart sensor
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Luis, J.A.; Roa Romero, L.M.; Gómez-Galán, J.A.; Hernández, D.N.; Estudillo-Valderrama, M.Á.; Barbarov-Rostán, G.; Rubia-Marcos, C. Design and Implementation of a Smart Sensor for Respiratory Rate Monitoring. Sensors 2014, 14, 3019-3032.

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