The French National Research Agency is funding a project on new forms of cooperation in and between wireless body area networks (WBANs).
The CORMORAN project is investigating new mechanisms that enable WBANs to work more efficiently at the body scale, while also interacting and cooperating with other, similar networks. Project partners have overcome severe constraints on power consumption and radiated power, and have integrated in their investigations WBAN-specific constraints such as short transmission ranges.
CEA-Leti is coordinating the project, which also involves INSA de Lyon-CITI, ISIC Telecom ParisTech–LINCS, and the University of Rennes 1-IETR.
The researchers plan to identify the different layers of a communication protocol suitable for the new cooperative functionalities, and address theoretical aspects, such as modeling radio metrics and physical mobility, and the design of algorithms and protocols.
Targeted applications include coordinating the navigation of groups in buildings or large-scale motion capture for gaming, sports, and healthcare. The researchers note that WBANs could become a key component of the Internet of things and serve as the framework of future distributed cooperative communication networks for mobile device users.
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