EU: REACTION Project Deliverable - Communication standards within Body Area Networks (BAN) and Personal Area Networks (PAN)

Published on: 19/09/2010
Last update: 18/01/2011

Description (short summary):
The Remote Accessibility to Diabetes Management and Therapy in Operational healthcare Networks (REACTION) project aims to research and develop an intelligent service platform that can provide professional, remote monitoring and therapy management to diabetes patients in different healthcare regimes across Europe.

The aim of this document is to present a brief analysis, in the context of the REACTION project, of the communication standards and technologies within Body Area Networks (BAN) and Personal Area Networks (PAN).

The current document presents an overview of the communication technologies and standards which apply to body area and personal area networks, their main characteristics and a brief comparison of their key properties in relation to REACTION project. In addition, the document presents an overview of other networking issues of BAN and PANs, relevant to REACTION, such as device and service discovery, P2P technologies and networks of smart objects.

Also, the document includes an overview of the Hydra middleware which is going to be used in the REACTION project. The Hydra middleware will be the connecting software component between the sensors, devices and the back-end systems, and a key module for the integration of these to a functioning system. As such, its role to the formulation and communication in BAN and PANs is crucial and we focus on its architecture and its abilities on discovery and management of devices, as many protocols and standards will have to be implemented in Hydra in order to be used in REACTION.

Finally, the document presents Continua Health Alliance and the ISO/IEEE 11073 standard, as a means to seamlessly integrate the various different communication protocols and enable interoperability in using them, resulting in an architecture which does not care nor is restricted by the current communication technologies. Although it addresses issues of higher layers than the communication technologies which is the core of this document, it is important to present why the adoption of higher layer standards can homogenise the lower layers and improve the interoperability of the various system components.

The deliverable aims to assist the architectural and technical decisions and to be used in the design procedures of the various sub-systems of the project.

Number of pages: 159

Related ePractice publications:
EU: REACTION Project Deliverable - Scenarios for usage of the REACTION platform

EU: REACTION Project Deliverable - Technical Requirements for Medical Data Management

Nature of documentation: Independent reports and studies


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