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Sensors 2017, 17(4), 797;

A Survey on Mobility Support in Wireless Body Area Networks

Department of Informatics, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju 52828, Korea
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 34134, Korea
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Received: 13 February 2017 / Revised: 1 April 2017 / Accepted: 5 April 2017 / Published: 7 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Body Sensor Networks: Sensors, Systems, and Applications)
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Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs) have attracted research interests from the community, as more promising healthcare applications have a tendency to employ them as underlying network technology. While taking design issues, such as small size hardware as well as low power computing, into account, a lot of research has been proposed to accomplish the given tasks in WBAN. However, since most of the existing works are basically developed by assuming all nodes in the static state, these schemes therefore cannot be applied in real scenarios where network topology between sensor nodes changes frequently and unexpectedly according to human moving behavior. However, as far as the authors know, there is no survey paper to focus on research challenges for mobility support in WBAN yet. To address this deficiency, in this paper, we present the state-of-the-art approaches and discuss the important features of related to mobility in WBAN. We give an overview of mobility model and categorize the models as individual and group. Furthermore, an overview of networking techniques in the recent literature and summary are compiled for comparison in several aspects. The article also suggests potential directions for future research in the field. View Full-Text
Keywords: wireless body area network; mobility model; posture modeling; communication protocols; energy efficiency wireless body area network; mobility model; posture modeling; communication protocols; energy efficiency

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