Standardization for Body Area Networks

Arthur W. ASTRIN  Huan-Bang LI  Ryuji KOHNO  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E92-B   No.2   pp.366-372
Publication Date: 2009/02/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E92.B.366
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Section on Medical Information and Communications Technologies)
IEEE 802.15,  body area networks (BAN),  medical and healthcare services,  wearable BAN,  implant BAN,  

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Body Area Networks (BAN) can provide a wide range of applications including medical support, healthcare monitoring, and consumer electronics with increased convenience or comfort. To harmonize with the strong demands from both medical and healthcare societies, and information and communications technology (ICT) industries, IEEE 802.15.6 task group (TG6) was set up to develop an IEEE wireless standard on BAN. This paper presents a general guidance to TG6. Some pre-works to set up TG6 are reviewed. The objectives, main topics, current status are described in details.