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Simulation Study of Body Surface RF Propagation for UWB Wearable Medical Sensors

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Author(s)

Kamran Sayrafian, Wen-Bin Yang

Abstract

Ultra Wide-Band (UWB) is a favorable technology for wearable medical sensors that monitor vital signs and other health-related information. Efficient transceiver design requires in-depth understanding of the propagation media which in this case is the human body surface. The results of the few measurement experiments in recent publications point to varying conclusions in the derived parameters of the channel model. As obtaining large amount of data for many scenarios and use-cases is difficult for this channel, a detailed simulation platform can be extremely beneficial in highlighting the propagation behavior of the body surface and determining the best scenarios for limited physical measurements. In this paper, an immersive visualization environment is presented, which is used as a scientific instrument that gives us the ability to observe three-dimensional RF propagation from wearable medical sensors around a human body. We have used this virtual environment to further study UWB channels over the surface of a human body. Parameters of a simple statistical path-loss model and their sensitivity to frequency and the location of the sensors on the body are discussed.
Proceedings Title
2nd International Symposium on Applied Sciences in Biomedical and Communication Technologies (IEEE ISABEL 20090
Conference Dates
November 22-28, 2009
Conference Location
Bratislava,

Keywords

Channel model, Ultra-WideBand (UWB), Immersive visualization system, Body Area Networks

Citation

Sayrafian, K. and Yang, W. (2009), Simulation Study of Body Surface RF Propagation for UWB Wearable Medical Sensors, 2nd International Symposium on Applied Sciences in Biomedical and Communication Technologies (IEEE ISABEL 20090, Bratislava, , [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=904326 (Accessed June 22, 2024)

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Created November 17, 2009, Updated February 19, 2017