Cross-layer designs for energy efficient wireless body area networks: a review

Keywords: Cross-layer, energy efficiency, network lifetime, network protocols, wireless body area networks

Abstract

Cross-layer design is considered a powerful alternative to solve the complexities of wireless communication in wireless body area networks (WBAN), where the classical communication model has been shown to be inaccurate. Regarding the energy consumption problem, we have prepared a current survey of the most relevant scientific publications on energy-efficient cross-layer design for WBAN. In this paper, we provide a comprehensive review of the advances in cross-layer approaches, protocols and optimizations aimed at increasing the network lifetime by saving energy in WBANs. Subsequently, we discuss the relevant aspects and shortcomings of these energy-efficient cross-layer techniques and point out the open research issues and challenges in WBAN cross-layer design. In this survey, we propose a taxonomy for cross-layer approaches to fit them into categories based on the protocols involved in the cross-layer scheme. A novel classification is included to clarify the theoretical concepts behind each cross-layer scheme; and to group similar approaches by establishing their differences from the other strategies reviewed. Our conclusion considers the aspects of mobility and channel modeling in WBAN scenarios as the directions of future cross-layer research for WBAN and telemedicine applications.

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Author Biographies

Juan Camilo Correa Chica, Universidad de Antioquia

Departamento de Ingeniería Electrónica e Ingeniería de Telecomunicaciones, Facultad de Ingeniería

Juan Felipe Botero Vega, Universidad de Antioquia

Departamento de Ingeniería Electrónica e Ingeniería de Telecomunicaciones, Facultad de Ingeniería

Natalia Gaviria Gómez, Universidad de Antioquia

Departamento de Ingeniería Electrónica e Ingeniería de Telecomunicaciones, Facultad de Ingeniería

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Published
2016-06-16
How to Cite
Correa Chica J. C., Botero Vega J. F., & Gaviria Gómez N. (2016). Cross-layer designs for energy efficient wireless body area networks: a review. Revista Facultad De Ingeniería Universidad De Antioquia, (79), 98-118. https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.redin.n79a10