An Anycast-Based Emergency Service for Healthcare Wireless Sensor Networks

Shyr-Kuen CHEN  Pi-Chung WANG  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E93-B   No.4   pp.858-861
Publication Date: 2010/04/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section LETTER (Special Section on Information and Communication Technology for Wellness and Medical Applications)
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Keyword: 
healthcare,  patient monitoring,  wireless sensor networks,  ZigBee,  telemedical systems,  

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Summary: 
In this letter, we develop an anycast-based emergency service for healthcare wireless sensor networks. The new service could operate with sensors to detect and activate an alarm system based on predefined conditions that are specific to the patient and the disease. The new service is implemented on 802.15.4 ZigBee which usually has large control overhead and long transmission times. To improve the service performance, our service identifies the closest emergency service provider to alleviate the control overhead and achieve immediate assistance when a patient requests for an emergency service. We also increase the reliability of packet transmission by using a Recovery Point scheme. Our simulations and experiment demonstrate that our scheme is efficient and feasible for healthcare wireless sensor networks.