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This paper presents a prototype of a medical Bluetooth Body Area Network (BAN). The central node in the BAN was developed using Smartphones (mobile phones offering advanced capabilities) and Java 2 ...
This paper presents a prototype of a medical Bluetooth Body Area Network (BAN). The central node in the BAN was developed using Smartphones (mobile phones offering advanced capabilities) and Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME). The utilization of smartphones can take advantage of the user familiarity with cellular devices. The J2ME implementation for monitoring applications is also advantageous since its portability is greater than any application developed with another programming language (e.g.: C++) over Symbian. In the architecture, a Java midlet in the smartphone receives information about patient's location and health status. The midlet encrypts and transmits the data to a server through 802.11 or GPRS/UMTS. In case of detecting a medical alert, the midlet sends a MMS and a SMS. Additionally, the system enables the remote configuration of the BAN from a PC or even a smartphone. In order to study the scalability of this type of telemedicine networks a software for sensor emulation has been incorporated to the architecture. The emulator is prepared to retrieve and transmit realistic signals from a medical Internet data base.
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