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On-body UWB Communications for Health Monitoring

On-body UWB Communications for Health Monitoring
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Author(s): Qiong Wang (Dresden University of Technology, Germany) and Jianqing Wang (Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 23
Source title: Neonatal Monitoring Technologies: Design for Integrated Solutions
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Wei Chen (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands), Sidarto Bambang Oetomo (Máxima Medical Center, The Netherlands) and Loe Feijs (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0975-4.ch006


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Body area communication technique is an essential technical support for medical and healthcare services. This chapter presents on-body communication aspects using ultra-wide band (UWB) technique for neonates and infants monitoring service. With numerical analysis tool, the transmission characteristic around the infant body is first investigated in terms of on-body UWB path loss model, in which shadow fading around the body is modeled. Then the communication performance for impulse radio (IR) scheme system is evaluated based on the derived infant on-body UWB path loss model. The methodology for evaluating the average bit error rate (BER) in a shadow fading channel is proposed. The communication link budget for infants is thus presented based on the average bit error rate conclusions in infant on-body UWB fading channel.

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