4th International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques

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MoBAN: A Configurable Mobility Model for Wireless Body Area Networks

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.simutools.2011.245511,
        author={Majid Nabi and Marc Geilen and Twan Basten},
        title={MoBAN: A Configurable Mobility Model for Wireless Body Area Networks},
        proceedings={4th International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques},
        publisher={ICST},
        proceedings_a={SIMUTOOLS},
        year={2012},
        month={4},
        keywords={Mobility model Wireless body area network Performance evaluation Network simulator OMNeT++ MiXiM framework.},
        doi={10.4108/icst.simutools.2011.245511}
    }
    
  • Majid Nabi
    Marc Geilen
    Twan Basten
    Year: 2012
    MoBAN: A Configurable Mobility Model for Wireless Body Area Networks
    SIMUTOOLS
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.simutools.2011.245511
Majid Nabi1,*, Marc Geilen1, Twan Basten1
  • 1: Eindhoven University of Technology
*Contact email: m.nabi@tue.nl

Abstract

A good mobility model is an essential prerequisite for performance evaluation of protocols for wireless networks with node mobility. Sensor nodes in a Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN) exhibit high mobility. The WBAN topology may completely change because of posture changes and movement even within a certain type of posture. The WBAN also moves as a whole in an ambient network. Therefore, an appropriate mobility model is of great importance for performance evaluation. This paper presents a comprehensive configurable mobility model MoBAN for evaluating intra- and extra-WBAN communication. It implements different postures as well as individual node mobility within a particular posture. The model can be adapted to a broad range of applications for WBANs. The model is made available through http://www.es.ele.tue.nl/nes/, as an add-on to the mobility framework of the OMNeT++ simulator. Two case studies illustrate the use of the mobility model for performance evaluation of network protocols.