A 3G/WiFi-enabled 6LoWPAN-based U-healthcare system for ubiquitous real-time monitoring and data logging

Rohan Tabish, Abdulaziz M. Ghaleb, Rima Hussein, Farid Touati, Adel Ben Mnaouer, Lazhar Khriji, Mohd Fadlee A. Rasid

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Abstract

Ubiquitous healthcare (U-healthcare) systems are expected to offer flexible and resilient high-end technological solutions enabling remote monitoring of patients health status in real-time and provisioning of feedback and remote actions by healthcare providers. In this paper, we present a 6LowPAN based U-healthcare platform that contributes to the realization of the above expectation. The proposed system comprises two sensor nodes sending temperature data and ECG signals to a remote processing unit. These sensors are being assigned an IPv6 address to enable the Internet-of-Things (IoT) functionality. A 6LowPAN-enabled edge router, connected to a PC, is serving as a base station through a serial interface, to collect data from the sensor nodes. Furthermore, a program interfacing through a Serial-Line-Internet-Protocol (SLIP) and running on the PC provides a network interface that receives IPv6 packets from the edge router. The above system is enhanced by having the application save readings from the sensors into a file that can be downloaded by a remote server using a free Cloud service such as UbuntuOne. This enhancement makes the system robust against data loss especially for outdoor healthcare services, where the 3G/4G connectivity may get lost because of signal quality fluctuations. The system provided a proof of concept of successful remote U-healthcare monitoring illustrating the IoT functionality and involving 3G/4G connectivity while being enhanced by a cloud-based backup.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering, MECBME 2014
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages277-280
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781479947997
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event2014 2nd Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering, MECBME 2014 - Doha, Qatar
Duration: Feb 17 2014Feb 20 2014

Other

Other2014 2nd Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering, MECBME 2014
CountryQatar
CityDoha
Period2/17/142/20/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering

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