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Advances in Wireless Body Area Networks: Technologies and Applications

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Sensor Networks".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 November 2022) | Viewed by 10690

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Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 34134, Republic of Korea
Interests: wireless sensor networks; wireless body area networks; real-time communications; protocol engineering; QoS
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Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, Purdue University Northwest, Hammond, IN 46323, USA
Interests: ad hoc networks; edge computing; big data; security

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Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 34134, Korea
Interests: body sensor networks; energy efficiency; MAC combination
College of Technological Innovation, Zayed University, Dubai 4783, United Arab Emirates
Interests: improving the energy efficiency in wireless and mobile networks; secure routing protocols for both WSNs and MANETs; searching in peer-to-peer networks; communication in 3D WSNs

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent advancements in the state-of-the-art technologies in healthcare systems have enabled the development of unobtrusive health monitoring in a cost-effective, interactive, and safe manner. The requirements of such systems include real-time processing, high reliability, fault tolerance, security and privacy, and high quality of service. To meet these requirements and implement advanced healthcare systems, networking technology based on wireless body area networks is essential.

This Special Issue solicits the submission of high-quality unpublished review and research articles that aim at addressing technical issues and challenges associated with wireless body area networks. Submitted papers should emphasize on the development of new protocols and focus on performance evaluation and comparison with existing standards and practices. Both theoretical and experimental studies on practical applications are encouraged.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Network architecture for WBAN;
  • Machine learning for WBAN;
  • Resource allocation algorithms in WBAN
  • WBAN routing and MAC protocols;
  • M2M communication protocols;
  • Security and privacy;
  • Experimental platforms for WBAN;
  • Intra-WBAN and inter-WBAN protocol.

Prof. Dr. Ki Il Kim
Dr. Shuhui Grace YANG
Dr. Beom-Su Kim
Dr. Babar Shah
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Wireless body area networks
  • Resource management
  • Routing/MAC protocol
  • Security protocol
  • Machine learning for WBAN

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Energy Harvested and Cooperative Enabled Efficient Routing Protocol (EHCRP) for IoT-WBAN
by Muhammad Dawood Khan, Zahid Ullah, Arshad Ahmad, Bashir Hayat, Ahmad Almogren, Kyong Hoon Kim, Muhammad Ilyas and Muhammad Ali
Sensors 2020, 20(21), 6267; https://doi.org/10.3390/s20216267 - 03 Nov 2020
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The health industry is one of the most auspicious domains for the application of Internet of Things (IoT) based technologies. Lots of studies have been carried out in the health industry field to minimize the use of resources and increase the efficiency. The [...] Read more.
The health industry is one of the most auspicious domains for the application of Internet of Things (IoT) based technologies. Lots of studies have been carried out in the health industry field to minimize the use of resources and increase the efficiency. The use of IoT combined with other technologies has brought quality advancement in the health sector at minimum expense. One such technology is the use of wireless body area networks (WBANs), which will help patients incredibly in the future and will make them more productive because there will be no need for staying at home or a hospital for a long time. WBANs and IoT have an integrated future as WBANs, like any IoT application, are a collection of heterogeneous sensor-based devices. For the better amalgamation of the IoT and WBANs, several hindrances blocking their integration need to be addressed. One such problem is the efficient routing of data in limited resource sensor nodes (SNs) in WBANs. To solve this and other problems, such as transmission of duplicate sensed data, limited network lifetime, etc., energy harvested and cooperative-enabled efficient routing protocol (EHCRP) for IoT-WBANs is proposed. The proposed protocol considers multiple parameters of WBANs for efficient routing such as residual energy of SNs, number of hops towards the sink, node congestion levels, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and available network bandwidth. A path cost estimation function is calculated to select forwarder node using these parameters. Due to the efficient use of the path-cost estimation process, the proposed mechanism achieves efficient and effective multi-hop routing of data and improves the reliability and efficiency of data transmission over the network. After extensive simulations, the achieved results of the proposed protocol are compared with state-of-the-art techniques, i.e., E-HARP, EB-MADM, PCRP and EERP. The results show significant improvement in network lifetime, network throughout, and end-to-end delay. Full article
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A Survey on Wireless Wearable Body Area Networks: A Perspective of Technology and Economy
by David Samuel Bhatti, Shahzad Saleem, Azhar Imran, Zafar Iqbal, Abdulkareem Alzahrani, HyunJung Kim and Ki-Il Kim
Sensors 2022, 22(20), 7722; https://doi.org/10.3390/s22207722 - 11 Oct 2022
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The deployment of wearable or body-worn devices is increasing rapidly, and thus researchers’ interests mainly include technical and economical issues, such as networking, interoperability, security, power optimization, business growth and regulation. To address these issues properly, previous survey papers usually focused on describing [...] Read more.
The deployment of wearable or body-worn devices is increasing rapidly, and thus researchers’ interests mainly include technical and economical issues, such as networking, interoperability, security, power optimization, business growth and regulation. To address these issues properly, previous survey papers usually focused on describing the wireless body area network architecture and network protocols. This implies that deployment issues and awareness issues of wearable and BAN devices are not emphasized in previous work. To defeat this problem, in this study, we have focused on feasibility, limitations, and security concerns in wireless body area networks. In the aspect of the economy, we have focused on the compound annual growth rate of these devices in the global market, different regulations of wearable/wireless body area network devices in different regions and countries of the world and feasible research projects for wireless body area networks. In addition, this study focuses on the domain of devices that are equally important to physicians, sportsmen, trainers and coaches, computer scientists, engineers, and investors. The outcomes of this study relating to physicians, fitness trainers and coaches indicate that the use of these devices means they would be able to treat their clients in a more effective way. The study also converges the focus of businessmen on the Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) and provides manufacturers and vendors with information about different regulatory bodies that are monitoring and regulating WBAN devices. Therefore, by providing deployment issues in the aspects of technology and economy at the same time, we believe that this survey can serve as a preliminary material that will lead to more advancements and improvements in deployment in the area of wearable wireless body area networks. Finally, we present open issues and further research direction in the area of wireless body area networks. Full article
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