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New Dynamic, Reliable and Energy Efficient Scheduling for Wireless Body Area Networks (WBAN)

  Wireless body area networks (WBANs) facilitate
efficient and cost-effective e-health care and well-being
applications. The WBAN has unique challenges and features
compared to other wireless sensor networks. In addition to battery
power consumption, the vulnerability and the unpredicted
channel behaviour of the MAC layer make channel access a
serious problem. Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) Medium
Access Control (MAC) protocols can help in achieving a reliable
and energy efficient WBAN. However, traditional TDMA
techniques adopted by WBAN legacy standards, such as IEEE
802.15.4 and the IEEE 802.15.6 do not consider sufficiently the
channel status or the reliability of nodes. Thus, this paper presents
two new TDMA based techniques to improve WBAN reliability
and energy efficiency. Both techniques synchronise nodes
adaptively whilst tackling their channel link status. The proposed
techniques are evaluated within various traffic rates and time slot
lengths. In addition, their performance is compared with the IEEE
802.15.4 and IEEE 802.15.6 MAC. Results revealed that the
proposed techniques have the potential to improve WBAN
reliability and energy efficiency.

  • Date:

    31 July 2017

  • Publication Status:


  • Publisher

    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

  • DOI:


  • Library of Congress:

    QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    004 Data processing & computer science


Salayma, M., Al-Dubai, A., Romdhani, I. & Nasser, Y. (2017). New Dynamic, Reliable and Energy Efficient Scheduling for Wireless Body Area Networks (WBAN). In 2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)doi:10.1109/ICC.2017.7996898. ISBN 978-1-4673-8999-0



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WBAN; TDMA; IEEE 802.15.4; IEEE 802.15.6; reliability; channel management; e-health; energy efficiency

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