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Paso T., Haapola J. (2020) Neighbour Wireless Body Area Network Discovery Mechanism for ETSI SmartBAN. In: Sugimoto C., Farhadi H., Hämäläinen M. (eds) 13th EAI International Conference on Body Area Networks. BODYNETS 2018. EAI/Springer Innovations in Communication and Computing. Springer, Cham.

Neighbour wireless body area network discovery mechanism for ETSI SmartBAN

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Author: Paso, Tuomas1; Haapola, Jussi1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Centre for Wireless Communications, P.O. Box 4500, 90014-Oulu, FINLAND
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2020
Publish Date: 2021-03-04


A novel neighbour network discovery mechanism targeted especially for wireless body area networks (WBANs) is defined and analysed in this paper. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) standard 802.15.6 and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) technical committee SmartBAN define physical (PHY) and medium access control (MAC) specifications for packet-based short-range communications in WBANs. Neither the aforementioned standards provides a solution for discovery of operating WBAN networks by another operating WBAN using the same standard specifications in near vicinity. The proposed method provides a SmartBAN-compliant mechanism to discover other neighbouring SmartBAN networks while maintaining uninterrupted operations of both the wireless network carrying out the discovery and the wireless networks to be discovered. A SmartBAN network operates in two physical channels: a control channel (CCH) and a data channel (DCH). The key feature of the mechanism is the utilisation of the Inactive Periods of the discovering SmartBAN’s DCH by alternating the Inactive Period durations for scanning CCH beacons of the target SmartBAN. Based on the analysis, it can be concluded that the proposed mechanism outperforms a mechanism in which the scan is performed in a fixed cyclical mode in terms of probability of discovery and discovery time. Currently, the discovery mechanism is under consideration for the revision of MAC specifications in TC SmartBAN.

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Series: EAI/Springer innovations in communication and computing
ISSN: 2522-8595
ISSN-L: 2522-8595
ISBN: 978-3-030-29897-5
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-29896-8
Pages: 65 - 78
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-29897-5_6
Host publication: 13th EAI International Conference on Body Area Networks
Host publication editor: Chika, Sugimoto
Hamed, Farhadi
Hämäläinen, Matti
Conference: EAI International Conference on Body Area Networks
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This research has been financially supported in part by Academy of Finland 6Genesis Flagship (grant 318927).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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