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J Med Syst. 2017 Sep 30;41(11):179. doi: 10.1007/s10916-017-0825-1.

A Green Media Access Method for IEEE 802.15.6 Wireless Body Area Network.

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National Institute of Technology, Kozhikode, India.
National Institute of Technology, Kozhikode, India.


It is of utmost importance to conserve battery energy to the maximum possible extent in WBAN nodes while collecting and transferring medical data. The IEEE 802.15.6 WBAN standard does not specify any method to conserve energy. This paper focuses on a method to conserve energy in IEEE 802.15.6 WBAN nodes when using CSMA/CA, while simultaneously restricting data delivery delay to the required value as specified in medical applications. The technique is to allow the nodes to sleep all the times except for receiving beacons and for transmitting data frames whenever a data frame enters an empty buffer. The energy consumed by the nodes and the average latency of data frame for periodical arrival of data are found out analytically. The analytical results are validated and also the proposed method is compared with other energy conserving schemes, using Castalia simulation studies. The proposed method shows superior performance in both device lifetime and latency of emergency medical data.


Data latency; Delay analysis; Energy efficiency; IEEE 802.15.6 WBAN; Network lifetime

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