Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare. Second International ICST Conference, MobiHealth 2010, Ayia Napa, Cyprus, October 18-20, 2010. Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

An Analysis of Bluetooth, Zigbee and Bluetooth Low Energy and Their Use in WBANs

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-20865-2_22,
        author={Emmanouil Georgakakis and Stefanos Nikolidakis and Dimitrios Vergados and Christos Douligeris},
        title={An Analysis of Bluetooth, Zigbee and Bluetooth Low Energy and Their Use in WBANs},
        proceedings={Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare. Second International ICST Conference, MobiHealth 2010, Ayia Napa, Cyprus, October 18-20, 2010. Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={MOBIHEALTH},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={WBAN Bluetooth Zigbee Bluetooth Low energy m-Health security},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-20865-2_22}
    }
    
  • Emmanouil Georgakakis
    Stefanos Nikolidakis
    Dimitrios Vergados
    Christos Douligeris
    Year: 2012
    An Analysis of Bluetooth, Zigbee and Bluetooth Low Energy and Their Use in WBANs
    MOBIHEALTH
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-20865-2_22
Emmanouil Georgakakis1,*, Stefanos Nikolidakis1,*, Dimitrios Vergados1,*, Christos Douligeris1,*
  • 1: University of Piraeus
*Contact email: egeo@unipi.gr, snikol@unipi.gr, vergados@unipi.gr, cdoulig@unipi.gr

Abstract

A rapid development of services and technologies in the field of health care has been witnessed in the last few years. In this paper we present an analysis and an extensive comparison of radio communication technologies, namely Zigbee, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy, that have been proposed as likely candidates to provide wireless connectivity between body sensors and the health care system and consequently to lead the development and extended deployment of Wireless Body Area Networks. After the description of their characteristics, we concentrate on the security that these technologies offer since security is extremely important for the sensitive health care clinical information communicated and the protection of patients’ clinical information privacy.