Wearable Sensors

  • Robert Foster, Tuba Yilmaz, Max Munoz, Yang Hao
  • January 2012, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1007/5346_2012_28

What is it about?

Wearable sensors that communicate around the body using radio are becoming increasingly prevalent, with applications in military, security, space, health care, sports and entertainment already identified. The fundamental design issues are examined in this chapter from the perspective of three main areas: antennas, wireless communication protocols and sensing technologies. Examples are provided, and current and future trends discussed.

Why is it important?

4G and future mobile communications will incorporate body-centric communications. A great deal of research has been invested in this field, and new communication standards have been developed. This looks at the typical issues encountered in such systems, which are mostly independent of the application. An overview of the recently released (at the time) IEEE standard for wireless communications on and around the body made it particularly timely, and still of interest today.


Dr Robert N Foster
University of Birmingham

This is a chapter in the book "Autonomous Sensor Networks", published by Springer. It looks at body centric communications (BCC) for wearable sensors, looking at the various requirements and also the new (at the time) IEEE standard for BCC: IEEE 802.15.6.

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