An Emergency Handling Scheme for Superframe-Structured MAC Protocols in WBANs

BeomSeok KIM  Jinsung CHO  Dae-Young KIM  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E94-B   No.9   pp.2484-2487
Publication Date: 2011/09/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E94.B.2484
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section LETTER (Special Section on Information Communication Technology for Highly Reliable Human Health Care Services)
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Keyword: 
wireless body area network,  emergency handling,  superframe structure,  

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Summary: 
Wireless body area networks (WBANs) provide medical and/or consumer electronics (CE) services within the vicinity of a human body. In a WBAN environment, immediate and reliable data transmissions during an emergency situation should be supported for medical services. In this letter, we propose a flexible emergency handling scheme for WBAN MAC protocols. The proposed scheme can be applied to superframe-structured MAC protocols such as IEEE 802.15.4 and its extended versions. In addition, our scheme can be incorporated into the current working draft for IEEE 802.15.6 standards. Extensive simulations were performed and the low latency of emergent traffics was validated.