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WSN4QoL: WSNs for remote patient monitoring in e-Health applications
WEST Aquila S.r.l., L’Aquila, Italy.
WEST Aquila S.r.l., L’Aquila, Italy.
Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Signal Theory and Communications Barcelona, Spain.
Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Signal Theory and Communications Barcelona, Spain.
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2016 (English)In: 2016 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), IEEE Communications Society, 2016, p. 1-6Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Contemporary technologies as implemented in the field of healthcare have provided the everyday clinical practice with a plethora of tools to be used in various settings. In this field, distributed and networked embedded systems, such as Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs), are the most promising technology to achieve continuous monitoring of aged people for their own safety, without affecting their daily activities. WSN4QoL is a Marie Curie project involving academic and industrial partners from three EU countries, which aims to show how new WSNs-based technologies suit the specific requirements of pervasive healthcare applications. In particular, in this paper, the WSN4QoL's system architecture is presented as designed to exploit the Network Coding (NC) mechanisms to achieve energy efficiency in the wireless communications and distributed positioning solutions to locate patients in indoor home environments. The system has been validated through experimental activities using commercial off the shelf (COTS) WSN testbeds and medical devices prototypes offered by a commercial partner. Results demonstrate that NC helps in achieving substantial gains in terms of energy efficiency as compared to traditional relay mechanisms, while the proposed positioning solution is able to locate people in indoor environments at a sub-room accuracy level, without requiring any extra dedicated hardware.

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IEEE Communications Society, 2016. p. 1-6
Keywords [en]
biomedical communication, energy conservation, indoor environment, network coding, patient monitoring, wireless sensor networks, Marie Curie project, WSN testbeds, WSN-based technologies, WSN4QoL, commercial off the shelf, contemporary technologies, continuous monitoring, distributed positioning, e-Health, energy efficiency, indoor home environments, relay mechanisms, remote patient monitoring, wireless communications, Communication system security, Medical services, Mobile communication, Protocols, Sensors, Wireless communication
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Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering Telecommunications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-45496DOI: 10.1109/ICC.2016.7511597OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-45496DiVA, id: diva2:956490
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2016 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 22-27 May 2016
Available from: 2016-08-30 Created: 2016-08-30 Last updated: 2017-05-11Bibliographically approved

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