Book on Body-Area and Wireless Sensors for Healthcare
A book, "Co-operative and Energy Efficient Body Area and Wireless Sensor Networks for Healthcare Applications, 1st Edition", has been published by Elsevier.
The book is also featured on the EDN Europe website and the article author stated ... "deal specifically with emerging opportunities and challenges in the healthcare sector, with novel applications enabled by low-power electronics and “Internet of Things” developments."
Based on research conducted in the Antennas Group (lead by Dr Akram Alomainy) and co-authored by current and past members of the group, this book contains chapters covering:
- the analysis of wearable antenna design and performance;
- the influence of body-worn antennas on radio channels and radio device performance from a power and error rate perspective;
- cooperative networking principles applied to body area networks, showing the pros and cons of such concepts;
- real-life case study scenarios using ECG sample signals for potential application to healthcare monitoring.
"With the advances in small and low-cost radio transceivers and RF front-ends development, the possibility of applying ubiquitous and non-invasive sensors integrated into user’s daily clothing and living activities seems more feasible. The ability to share data increases the usefulness of personal information devices, providing features not possible with independent isolated devices. Current wireless sensor solutions are limited in that they do not provide the means to overcome obstacles and shadowing of propagating radio waves. Thus for reliable communications an increase in power consumption is required, reducing battery life. This book addresses the limitations outlined above by designing efficient and compact antenna systems. These systems will be cooperative and also aware of the surrounding environment and neighbouring units, providing efficient and low power wireless connectivity for personal area network (PAN) and body area network (BAN) applications."