mca 14(5): e1

Research Article

Hybrid Satellite - Wireless Sensor Networks Architecture for Telemedicine Applications in the Context of Emergency Satellite Communications in Ku/Ka/Q/V Bands

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/mca.2.5.e1,
        author={Rahim Kacimi and Ponia Pech},
        title={Hybrid Satellite - Wireless Sensor Networks Architecture for Telemedicine Applications in the Context of Emergency Satellite Communications in Ku/Ka/Q/V Bands},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Mobile Communications and Applications},
        volume={2},
        number={5},
        publisher={ICST},
        journal_a={MCA},
        year={2014},
        month={12},
        keywords={vital sign monitoring, health-care monitoring, wireless sensor networks, wireless body networks, satellite, telemedicine},
        doi={10.4108/mca.2.5.e1}
    }
    
  • Rahim Kacimi
    Ponia Pech
    Year: 2014
    Hybrid Satellite - Wireless Sensor Networks Architecture for Telemedicine Applications in the Context of Emergency Satellite Communications in Ku/Ka/Q/V Bands
    MCA
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/mca.2.5.e1
Rahim Kacimi1,*, Ponia Pech2
  • 1: University of Toulouse, IRIT-UPS, 118 route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse, France
  • 2: Independent researcher, formerly at TeSA Association Lab., 14-16, Port Saint-Etienne, 31000 Toulouse, France
*Contact email: rahim.kacimi@irit.fr

Abstract

Thanks to the facilities offered by telecommunications, telemedicine today allows physicians and clinicians to access, monitor and diagnose patients remotely. Telemedicine includes several applications such as remote monitoring of chronically ill patients, monitoring people in their everyday lives to provide early detection and intervention for various types of diseases, computer-assisted physical rehabilitation in ambulatory settings, and assisted living for the elderly at home, as well as remote monitoring of injured people in a post-disaster situation. These new applications require a reliable, wireless communication link between the devices implanted in the patient’s skin and a clinician. In this article, this issue is discussed and a list of performance criteria for the different communication links used are addressed, especially focusing on the satellite link. Then an adaptive air interface which is designed to meet the performance constraints of bidirectional satellite communication links in an emergency situation in Ku/Ka/Q/V bands where when strong channel impairments occur is described and analysed.