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

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. © 2014 IEEE.
This conference paper is not available at CUD collection. The version of scholarly record of this conference paper is published in 2nd Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering (2014), available online at: https://doi.org/10.1109/MECBME.2014.6783258
Internet protocols, Network protocols, Sensor nodes, Sensors, Health care providers, Healthcare service, Internet of Things (IoT), Real time monitoring, Remote monitoring, Remote processing units, Technological solution, Ubiquitous health care, Health care
Tabish, R., Ghaleb, A. M., Hussein, R., Touati, F., Ben Mnaouer, A., Khriji, L., & Rasid, M. F. A. (2014). A 3G/WiFi-enabled 6LoWPAN-based U-healthcare system for ubiquitous real-time monitoring and data logging. In Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering, MECBME (pp. 277–280). https://doi.org/10.1109/MECBME.2014.6783258