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HM4All: A vital signs monitoring system based in spatially distributed ZigBee networks

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4 Author(s)
Helena Fernández-López ; Industrial Electronics Engineering Department, University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal ; José A. Afonso ; J. H. Correia ; Ricardo Simões

Low power consumption and small footprint make ZigBee based devices well suited for personal healthcare applications, being a promising alternative to general care patient monitoring. However, their use in a healthcare facility to monitor several mobile patients poses several difficulties, mainly because this protocol was primarily designed to operate in low data rate scenarios. This paper introduces HM4All, a remote vital signs monitoring system, and presents a prototype system being deployed in a hospital internment floor. Its architecture, original network topology, software applications and wireless sensors are described.

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2010 4th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

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22-25 March 2010