Wireless body sensor networks for health-monitoring applications

  • Yang Hao, Robert Foster
  • Physiological Measurement, October 2008, Institute of Physics Publishing
  • DOI: 10.1088/0967-3334/29/11/r01

What is it about?

From the abstract: "This paper aims to provide a comprehensive review of recent developments in wireless sensor technology for monitoring behaviour related to human physiological responses. It presents background information on the use of wireless technology and sensors to develop a wireless physiological measurement system. A generic miniature platform and other available technologies for wireless sensors have been studied in terms of hardware and software structural requirements for a low-cost, low-power, non-invasive and unobtrusive system."

Why is it important?

This was one of the earliest reviews of work on wearable wireless devices for measuring physiological data, including issues about antennas, wireless communication protocols, and system aspects (such as battery lifetimes and memory requirements). It also described a typical device structure as a means of discussing the requirements and challenges in developing such systems.


Dr Robert N Foster
University of Birmingham

After moving away from wearable computing (the topic of my first publication, albeit as a minor author!) during my final year of my MEng (where I looked at ultra wideband antennas and baluns) and my PhD (where I looked at millimetre-wave antennas for automotive radar and telematics applications), this review article marked my return to the field as I started my first post-doctoral research position at Queen Mary, University of London. It seems to be ageing well as a paper...!

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