Coexistence Evaluation of Densely Deployed BLE-Based Body Area Networks

Quang Duy La, Duong Nguyen-Nam, Mao Van Ngo, Tony Q.S. Quek

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Abstract

In wireless body area network (BAN) applications such as wearable computing, healthcare and sports, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is a new and promising technology, which uses the unlicensed 2.4-GHz spectrum band for data transmission. Since there exist many wireless technologies operating in this frequency band, the issues of cross-technology interference and coexistence present a major challenge. In this work, we develop a testbed to conduct our experimental studies, focusing on BLE and its coexistence capabilities when being deployed in a dense environment, under possible interference from WiFi and ZigBee/IEEE 802.15.4. One scenario of interest is a network of several co-located BLE-based BANs, each of which is designed in a star topology with one gateway and multiple BLE sensor nodes. The second scenario represents a highly heterogeneous network where each BAN now carries both BLE and ZigBee sensors, while being exposed to interference from external WiFi transmission. Our results show that the performance of BLE is relatively robust to interference from other BLE transmission as well as those from nearby ZigBee and WiFi devices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2017 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509050192
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul 1
Event2017 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2017 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 2017 Dec 42017 Dec 8

Publication series

Name2017 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2017 - Proceedings
Volume2018-January

Conference

Conference2017 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2017
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period17-12-0417-12-08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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