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On-Body Radio Channel Characterization and System-Level Modeling for Multiband OFDM Ultra-Wideband Body-Centric Wireless Network

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4 Author(s)
Qammer Hussain Abbasi ; School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom ; Andrea Sani ; Akram Alomainy ; Yang Hao

Given the trend towards a user-centric concept in mobile communications, body area networks have received increasing attention within the wireless personal and body area networks community. In this paper, an experimental investigation is presented to derive suitable radio propagation models for ultra wideband (UWB) body-centric wireless communications. The performance of the body-centric UWB radio channel is investigated by considering several on-body links, including different body postures. System-level modeling of potential multiband orthogonal frequency-division multiplexed UWB system has been conducted and system performance is measured using bit error rate (BER) and signal-to-noise ratio. The conducted system analysis demonstrated that for 78% in the static case and 75% and 61% for stable and unstable transmitter locations in the pseudodynamic in-motion scenarios (respectively) of the specified on-body radio links, the BER is equal to or less than 0.1%. This demonstrates promising applications of the proposed UWB body-centric radio system. Based on these results, clear recommendations are given for best on-body locations leading to optimal system performance.

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IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques  (Volume:58 ,  Issue: 12 )