On-Body Area Networks: from Channel Measurements to MAC Layer Performance Evaluation

Conference: European Wireless 2012 - 18th European Wireless Conference 2012
04/18/2012 - 04/20/2012 at Poznan, Poland

Proceedings: European Wireless 2012

Pages: 7Language: englishTyp: PDF

Rosini, Ramona; Maman, Mickael; D’Errico, Raffaele (CEA, LETI, Minatec Campus, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble, France)
Rosini, Ramona; Martelli, Flavia; Buratti, Chiara; Verdone, Roberto (DEIS, University of Bologna, Viale Risorgimento 2, 40136 Bologna, Italy)

This paper presents the simulation results on the performance evaluation and comparison of different Medium Access Control (MAC) protocols for on-body area networks proposed in the scope of the WiserBAN project. A number of different MAC schemes, based on existing and emerging standards, were investigated to satisfy the peculiar use-cases requirements in terms of Packet Loss Rate, transmission delay, and energy consumption. A specific measurement campaign was performed to characterise the on-body propagation channel related to the WiserBAN scenarios. Channel measurements and previous channel models were employed for MAC simulation purposes, in order to investigate the channel impact on the system performance.