6th International ICST Conference on Body Area Networks

Research Article

Loss Resilient Strategy in Body Sensor Networks

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.bodynets.2011.247076,
        author={Nick Read and Ming Li and Yu Cao and Shih-Hsi Liu and Todd Wilson and Balakrishnan Prabhakaran},
        title={Loss Resilient Strategy in Body Sensor Networks},
        proceedings={6th International ICST Conference on Body Area Networks},
        keywords={ieee 802154 body sensor networks quality of service},
  • Nick Read
    Ming Li
    Yu Cao
    Shih-Hsi Liu
    Todd Wilson
    Balakrishnan Prabhakaran
    Year: 2012
    Loss Resilient Strategy in Body Sensor Networks
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.bodynets.2011.247076
Nick Read1, Ming Li1,*, Yu Cao2, Shih-Hsi Liu1, Todd Wilson1, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran3
  • 1: California State University Fresno
  • 2: University of Tennessee Chattanooga
  • 3: The University of Texas at Dallas
*Contact email: mingli@csufresno.edu


Body sensor networks have gained continuous popularity in applications such as monitoring, sports training, and interactive gaming. However, data communication reliability is critical for the success of various applications such as ECG/EKG data analysis. In this paper, we propose a loss resilient strategy where prioritized scheduling and packet concatenation schemes are integrated for high network capacity and acceptable data reliability. The scheme is implemented at the application layer and therefore is compatible with existing standards such as IEEE 802.15.4. Performance evaluation on a real sensor test bed shows that the concatenation scheme significantly improve the performance and the prioritized scheduling ensures good reliability of high importance sensors.