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Ultra High-Speed Mobile Information and Communication

Mobile and Wearable P2P Information Management in HealthNet Applications.

Fig. 1: UMIC HealthNet Vision.

Fig 2: IPANEMA node of the first generation.

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Project description

The UMIC research cluster was founded to develop a next generation high-speed mobile communication network. Medical health care is one of the key scenarios with suitable applications being explored and developed. The HealthNet Vision scenario describes a near-future patient-oriented network that connects the patients with medical professionals (see figure 1). Key feature is a wireless sensor network that obtains the patients vital parameters via an energy-aware, event-driven network.

Project goals

The development of a Body Sensor Network is an ongoing part of this project. The Integrated Posture and Activity NEtwork by Medit Aachen (IPANEMA) was designed with flexibility in mind, to facilitate customization for different applications. Communication within the network is handled by a 433 MHz ISM band tranceiver. Both hard- and software is build in modules. A basic plattform can be equipped with a sensor extension board. A selection of sensors already existing or currently under development is shown in figure 1. The control and analysis software for the sensor node is extending the basic functionalities of the IPANEMA node. An IPANEMA network consists of at least one sensor node and a network master. The network master is based on the same hardware design as a sensor node but is equipped with a Bluetooth module to communicate with an external PDA and/or PC. Figure 2 shows a basic IPANEMA node of the first generation.

A video demonstration can be found here: Youtube.

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