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Analysis of Bluetooth-Based Wireless Sensor Networks Performance in Hospital Environments

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, Public University of Navarre, Pamplona 31006, Spain
School of Engineering and Sciences, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey, Monterrey, NL 64849, Mexico
Presented at the 3rd International Electronic Conference on Sensors and Applications, 15–30 November 2016; Available online:
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Published: 14 November 2016
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In this work, a method to analyze the performance of Bluetooth-based Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) deployed within hospital environments is presented. Due to the complexity that this kind of scenarios exhibit in terms of radio propagation and coexistence with other wireless communication systems and other potential interference sources, the deployment of WSNs becomes a complex task which requires an in-depth radio planning analysis. For that purpose, simulation results obtained with the aid of an in-house developed 3D Ray Launching code are presented. The scenarios under analysis are located at the Hospital of Navarre Complex (HNC), in the city of Pamplona. As hospitals have a wide variety of scenarios, the analysis has been carried out in different zones such as Boxes, where different medical sensors based on Bluetooth communication protocol have been deployed. The simulation results obtained have been validated with measurements within the scenario under analysis, exhibiting Bluetooth-based WSNs performance within hospital environments in terms of coverage/capacity relations. The proposed methodology can aid in obtaining optimal network configuration and hence performance of Bluetooth-based WSNs within medical/health service provision environments.
Keywords: Ray Launching; Bluetooth; Wireless Sensor Networks; hospital environment; Interference Ray Launching; Bluetooth; Wireless Sensor Networks; hospital environment; Interference
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Lopez-Iturri, P.; Led, S.; Aguirre, E.; Azpilicueta, L.; Serrano, L.; Falcone, F. Analysis of Bluetooth-Based Wireless Sensor Networks Performance in Hospital Environments. Proceedings 2017, 1, 3.

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