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MAC Protocols in Wireless Body Area Networks: A Review

International Journal of Computer Applications
Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
Year of Publication: 2016
Reema Goyal, R.B. Patel, H.S. Bhadauria, Devendra Prasad

Reema Goyal, R B Patel, H S Bhadauria and Devendra Prasad. Article: MAC Protocols in Wireless Body Area Networks: A Review. International Journal of Computer Applications 140(9):38-43, April 2016. Published by Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA. BibTeX

	author = {Reema Goyal and R.B. Patel and H.S. Bhadauria and Devendra Prasad},
	title = {Article: MAC Protocols in Wireless Body Area Networks: A Review},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Applications},
	year = {2016},
	volume = {140},
	number = {9},
	pages = {38-43},
	month = {April},
	note = {Published by Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA}


Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN) has emerged as an advanced technology for e-healthcare where sensors are placed in, on, and around the human body to monitor various physiological signs. To design appropriate protocols in Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN), issues such as reliability, latency and energy consumption need to be considered. The MAC Layer is the most suitable layer to address these issues. To tackle these issues various MAC protocols are designed for WBAN. In this survey paper some of the protocols have been investigated, their strengths and weaknesses are highlighted and are compared on various parameters. Finally numbers of research issues are discussed for future work.


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Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN); Reliability; Adaptive; Energy-Efficiency.