1st International ICST Workshop on Advanced Sensor Integration Technology

Research Article

Performance Analysis of ZigBee Technology for Wireless Body Area Sensor Networks

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-11723-7_51,
        author={Huasong Cao and Xuedong Liang and Ilangko Balasingham and Victor Leung},
        title={Performance Analysis of ZigBee Technology for Wireless Body Area Sensor Networks},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Workshop on Advanced Sensor Integration Technology},
        proceedings_a={ASIT},
        year={2012},
        month={7},
        keywords={WBASN WPAN ZigBee performance analysis OPNET Simulation},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-11723-7_51}
    }
    
  • Huasong Cao
    Xuedong Liang
    Ilangko Balasingham
    Victor Leung
    Year: 2012
    Performance Analysis of ZigBee Technology for Wireless Body Area Sensor Networks
    ASIT
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-11723-7_51
Huasong Cao1,*, Xuedong Liang2,*, Ilangko Balasingham3,*, Victor Leung1,*
  • 1: The University of British Columbia
  • 2: Rikshospitalet University Hospital, University of Oslo
  • 3: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
*Contact email: huasongc@ece.ubc.ca, xuedongl@medisin.uio.no, ilangkob@medisin.uio.no, vleung@ece.ubc.ca

Abstract

A Wireless Body Area Sensor Network (WBASN) is a radio-frequency (RF) based wireless networking technology that interconnects tiny nodes with sensor or actuator capabilities in, on or around a human body. Complementing the coverage of Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPANs), WBASNs target diverse applications. This paper extensively evaluates the performance of ZigBee technology for WBASN-WPAN system by analysis and computer simulations. Specifically, we configure the system deployment, network structure, applicable data rates for WBASN sensor nodes, and underlying radio parameters. Average reception ratio, throughput and latency have been evaluated for the overall system performance; fairness across sensor nodes has been examined; preliminary results regarding mobility support of ZigBee for WBASN are also shown. After examining the performance of ZigBee network with our WBASN-WPAN configurations, we come to the conclusion that serveral optimizations should be done before applying ZigBee to such a system.