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Preparing Wi-Fi 7 for Healthcare Internet-of-Things

Department of Information and Communication Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan-si 38541, Korea
Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, Linnaeus University, 391 82 Kalmar, Sweden
Department of Network Engineering, Universitat Polit’ecnica de Catalunya (UPC), 08034 Barcelona, Spain
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Academic Editor: David Plets
Sensors 2022, 22(16), 6209;
Received: 14 July 2022 / Revised: 13 August 2022 / Accepted: 16 August 2022 / Published: 18 August 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in Mobile and Wireless Communication Networks)
The healthcare Internet of Things (H-IoT) is an interconnection of devices capable of sensing and transmitting information that conveys the status of an individual’s health. The continuous monitoring of an individual’s health for disease diagnosis and early detection is an important application of H-IoT. Ambient assisted living (AAL) entails monitoring a patient’s health to ensure their well-being. However, ensuring a limit on transmission delays is an essential requirement of such monitoring systems. The uplink (UL) transmission during the orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) in the wireless local area networks (WLANs) can incur a delay which may not be acceptable for delay-sensitive applications such as H-IoT due to their random nature. Therefore, we propose a UL OFDMA scheduler for the next Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) standard, the IEEE 802.11be, that is compliant with the latency requirements for healthcare applications. The scheduler allocates the channel resources for UL transmission taking into consideration the traffic class or access category. The results demonstrate that the proposed scheduler can achieve the required latency for H-IoT applications. Additionally, the performance in terms of fairness and throughput is also superior to state-of-the-art schedulers. View Full-Text
Keywords: IEEE 802.11be; Internet of Things; orthogonal frequency division multiple access; healthcare IEEE 802.11be; Internet of Things; orthogonal frequency division multiple access; healthcare
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Qadri, Y.A.; Zulqarnain; Nauman, A.; Musaddiq, A.; Garcia-Villegas, E.; Kim, S.W. Preparing Wi-Fi 7 for Healthcare Internet-of-Things. Sensors 2022, 22, 6209.

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Qadri YA, Zulqarnain, Nauman A, Musaddiq A, Garcia-Villegas E, Kim SW. Preparing Wi-Fi 7 for Healthcare Internet-of-Things. Sensors. 2022; 22(16):6209.

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Qadri, Yazdan Ahmad, Zulqarnain, Ali Nauman, Arslan Musaddiq, Eduard Garcia-Villegas, and Sung Won Kim. 2022. "Preparing Wi-Fi 7 for Healthcare Internet-of-Things" Sensors 22, no. 16: 6209.

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