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Design and realization of a wireless sensor gateway for health monitoring

: Becher, K.; Figueiredo, C.P.; Mühle, C.; Ruff, R.; Mendes, P.M.; Hoffmann, K.-P.


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-; IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society -EMBS-:
32nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS 2010 : August 31 - September 4, 2010. Sheraton Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina
New York, NY: IEEE, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4244-4123-5 (Print)
ISBN: 978-4244-4124-2 (Online)
S.374-377 (Vol.1)
Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS International Conference) <32, 2010, Buenos Aires>
Fraunhofer IBMT ()

This paper describes the design and realization of a wireless sensor gateway (WSG) within a wireless sensor network (WSN) for health monitoring. The WSN allows recording and wireless transmission of biosignals, namely the electrocardiogram, pulse wave and body weight, which are important parameters for cardiovascular monitoring. These can be displayed, analysed, and saved on the WSG through a user interface based on a touch screen. The proposed WSG has the distinctive feature of using two different radio transceivers, exploiting the advantages of each device. Currently, most personal computers and handhelds have standardized Bluetooth interfaces (IEEE 802.15.1) but not ZigBee interfaces (IEEE 802.15.4). Hence, the proposed gateway is designed to receive data from wireless sensors through its ZigBee interface and to forward them to a personal computer via its Bluetooth interface. This feature, combined with simple touch screen menu navigation will reach increased patient compliance and consequently increased benefit for patient in terms of healthcare and safety.