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M. Hämäläinen et al., "ETSI SmartBAN Architecture: The Global Vision for Smart Body Area Networks," in IEEE Access, vol. 8, pp. 150611-150625, 2020, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3016705

ETSI SmartBAN architecture : the global vision for smart body area networks

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Author: Hämäläinen, Matti1; Mucchi, Lorenzo2; Girod-Genet, Marc3;
Organizations: 1Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, 90014 Oulu, Finland
2Department of Information Engineering, University of Florence, 511039 Florence, Italy
3Institut Mines-Télécom-Télécom SudParis, 91011 Evry Cedex, France
4Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology, 2002 Neuchatel, Switzerland
5Toshiba Research Europe, Bristol BS1 4ND, U.K.
6Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlang-Nürnberg, 91054 Erlangen, Germany
7Thomas Johann Seebeck Department of Electronics, Tallinn University of Technology, 19086 Tallinn, Estonia
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-09-02


This paper presents a condensed review of the European smart body area network (BAN) standardization work and its already published standards. The work is carried out under the ETSI Technical Committee (TC) SmartBAN. The goal of ETSI TC SmartBAN is to define and develop new European BAN standards; fostering the successful market adoption of wireless BAN technology by providing a standardized way to bring new interoperable products into the health, medical, sport, leisure and IoT markets, targeting to global exploitation. TC SmartBAN covers wireless communications, especially the physical and medium access control layers, associated security, semantic interoperability and open data representation, which are necessary features in the data transmissions, as well as building blocks of the future smart coordinator. The use of smart coordinator centralizes the network intelligence to the hub, which enables implementation of simple nodes. The SmartBAN approach will be computationally light, and it supports reliable operations across heterogeneous networks. Due to the semantic approach in all functional levels, SmartBAN also supports high interoperability. For emergency traffic, SmartBAN provides different priority classes and fast channel access associated with a low latency. Novel concept adopted in the SmartBAN for high-priority traffic is a multi-use channel access, which can also improve the spectral efficiency. Not only on-body nodes and applications, TC SmartBAN is considering in-body communications for capsule endoscopy. In addition, SmartBAN collaborates with other standardization groups, such as oneM2M and AIOTI, to widen the impact of its work.

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Series: IEEE access
ISSN: 2169-3536
ISSN-E: 2169-3536
ISSN-L: 2169-3536
Issue: 8
Pages: 150611 - 150625
DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3016705
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This work was supported in part by the Academy of Finland 6Genesis Flagship under Grant 318927, and in part by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant under Grant 872752.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © The Authors 2020. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. For more information, see