Exploiting unknown dynamics in communications amongst coexisting wireless body area networks

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Conference Proceeding
2015 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2015, 2015
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© 2015 IEEE. In this paper, we propose a prediction algorithm for dynamic channel allocation amongst coexisting Wireless body area networks (WBANs). Variations in channel assignment due to mobility scenarios within each WBAN as well as the movement of WBANs towards each other is investigated. The proposed scheme is further optimized to allocate the optimum transmission time with synchronous and parallel transmissions such that interference is fully avoided. This reduces the number of interfering nodes and leads to better usage of the scarce limitation of resources in these networks, larger network lifetime, higher energy savings and higher throughput. In fact, the aim of this protocol is to mitigate interference along with maintaining minimum power consumption in order to maximize network lifetime and increase the spatial reuse and throughput of each WBAN. Simulation results show that our approach achieves a much higher spatial reuse using the smart spectrum allocation scheme for interference mitigation in collocated WBANs. We conduct extensive simulations for coexistence prediction in different mobility scenarios using the NS-2 simulator. Consequently, we demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed protocol in providing interference-free channel assignments and higher energy savings.
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