The effect of body shape and gender on wireless Body Area Network on-body channels

Fabio Di Franco, Christos Tachtatzis, Ben Graham, Marek Bykowski, David Tracey, Nick Timmons, Jim Morrison

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Abstract

Technological advancements have made possible the emergence of Body Area Networks (BANs). There are numerous on-body channel characterizations in the literature performed on a phantom or a single human subject. In this paper, using multiple subjects, we consider the effect of body shape and gender on the on-body channel. A characterization of a narrowband on-body to on-body channel among different subjects is presented. The paper investigates the relationship between the propagation and the subject's physical characteristics. The investigation is performed at 2360 MHz; the new medical band undergoing FCC approval. Our results show that the path loss in women is less than that in men and the level of fade is usually higher in men than women. They also show that involuntary movements along with respiration cause small-scale fading that follows the Rice distribution.

Conference

ConferenceIEEE Middle East Conference on Antennas and Propagation
Abbreviated titleMECAP
CountryEgypt
CityCairo
Period20/10/1022/10/10

Keywords

  • channel characterisation
  • channel propagation
  • Body Area Networks
  • Wireless Sensor Network

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Di Franco, F., Tachtatzis, C., Graham, B., Bykowski, M., Tracey, D., Timmons, N., & Morrison, J. (2010). The effect of body shape and gender on wireless Body Area Network on-body channels. Paper presented at IEEE Middle East Conference on Antennas and Propagation, Cairo, Egypt. https://doi.org/10.1109/MECAP.2010.5724195
Di Franco, Fabio ; Tachtatzis, Christos ; Graham, Ben ; Bykowski, Marek ; Tracey, David ; Timmons, Nick ; Morrison, Jim. / The effect of body shape and gender on wireless Body Area Network on-body channels. Paper presented at IEEE Middle East Conference on Antennas and Propagation, Cairo, Egypt.
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The effect of body shape and gender on wireless Body Area Network on-body channels. / Di Franco, Fabio; Tachtatzis, Christos; Graham, Ben; Bykowski, Marek; Tracey, David; Timmons, Nick; Morrison, Jim.

2010. Paper presented at IEEE Middle East Conference on Antennas and Propagation, Cairo, Egypt.

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