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October 24, 2011

Mtg: Emerging Body-Area Network Standard, IEEE 802.15.6

by @ 4:52 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design

WEDNESDAY October 26, 2011
SCV Information Theory Chapter
Speaker: Arthur Astrin, PhD, Astrin Radio
Time: Refreshments at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: 202 Packard Bldg, Stanford University, Stanford
RSVP: not required

Body Area Network (BAN) devices operate in close vicinity to, on, or inside body and can enable a wide range of applications, including medical support, healthcare monitoring and consumer electronics with increased convenience or comfort.? Due to strong demands of medical, healthcare and information technology industries, IEEE was requested to standardize the Body Area Network. IEEE 802.15 task group 6 (TG6) was set up to develop an IEEE international standard for BAN in January 2008.? This talk reviews major issues, history and current status of TG6.? Early on, the TG6 invited representatives from industry to present applications which require body area networks.? We then developed an application matrix, and summarized it into a single document, which was issued to proposers.? The proposers were asked to propose a communication protocol that would accommodate this application summary document.? The other issue facing TG6 was to have a detail understanding of available spectrum for BANs.? And finally we needed at an accurate model of the channel; in this case the human body.? This channel is much more difficult than free space/air to measure and to correctly model.? The draft of the standard is in Sponsor Ballot stage and is being worked on by the team.? We expect comments resolution in the next IEEE 802 meeting and completion of the standard in 2012.

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