J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2012, 1(2), 97-110; doi:10.3390/jsan1020097
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A Distributed Continua AHD System with ZigBee/PAN-IF Gateway and Continua QoS Control Mechanism

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Received: 25 June 2012; in revised form: 9 July 2012 / Accepted: 23 July 2012 / Published: 25 July 2012
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Abstract: In a residential or nursing home environment, using ZigBee/802.15.4 wireless network specifically to collect and gather various types of personal health data proves to be a feasible choice. The Continua Guidelines has defined both the sensor-LAN IF (sensor Local Area Network Interface) PHD (Personal Health Device) and PAN IF (Personal Area Network Interface) PHD, but only a Continua certified sensor-LAN IF PHD with Zigbee HC (Health Care) profile can connect with Continua AHD (Application Hosting Device) through Zigbee/802.15.4 network and allows data communicating between AHD and PHDs. In this paper, we present a distributed Continua AHD system design that divides the AHD device containing Continua PAN IF into Continua AHD Host and Continua AHD Gateway with communication through ZigBee/802.15.4 network. Under this structure, a Continua PHD connects with a Continua AHD Host through Continua AHD Gateway within ZigBee/802.15.4 network. One immediate advantage of the proposed system is that both of the Continua sensor-LAN IF and PAN IF PHDs can connect with Continua AHD (Host) through ZigBee/802.15.4 network. To further address the QoS (Quality of Service) issue for Continua PAN IF message transmission in a ZigBee network, we present a software approach to automatically determine the types of packet transmitted and execute Continua QoS control. Together with the QoS mechanism in the enhanced ZigBee MAC Layer, this approach realizes a complete Continua QoS control mechanism for the distributed AHD system.
Keywords: Application Hosting Device (AHD); Personal Health Device (PHD); Personal Area Network (PAN); Distributed AHD system; Continua certified system; Connected Health; Quality of Service (QoS); ZigBee; ISO/IEEE 11073
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Huang, Y.-S.; Shih, M.; Shau, Y.-W.; Lin, W.T. A Distributed Continua AHD System with ZigBee/PAN-IF Gateway and Continua QoS Control Mechanism. J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2012, 1, 97-110.

AMA Style

Huang Y-S, Shih M, Shau Y-W, Lin WT. A Distributed Continua AHD System with ZigBee/PAN-IF Gateway and Continua QoS Control Mechanism. Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks. 2012; 1(2):97-110.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Huang, Yung-Shun; Shih, Min; Shau, Yio-Wha; Lin, William T. 2012. "A Distributed Continua AHD System with ZigBee/PAN-IF Gateway and Continua QoS Control Mechanism." J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 1, no. 2: 97-110.

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