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An Attempt to Model the Human Body as a Communication Channel

Author(s):

M. Wegmueller, A. Kuhn, J. Froehlich, M. Oberle, N. Felber, N. Kuster, W. Fichtner
Conference/Journal:

IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 54, no. 10, pp. 1851-7
Abstract:

Using the human body as a transmission medium for electrical signals offers novel data communication in biomedical monitoring systems. In this work, galvanic coupling is presented as a promising approach for wireless intra-body communication between on-body sensors. The human body is characterized as a transmission medium for electrical current by means of numerical simulations and measurements. Properties of dedicated tissue layers and geometrical body variations are investigated, and different electrodes are compared. The new intra-body communication technology has shown its feasibility in clinical trials. Excellent transmission was achieved between locations on the thorax with a typical SNR of 20 dB while the attenuation increases along the extremities.

Year:

2007
Type of Publication:

(01)Article
Supervisor:

M. Morari

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% Autogenerated BibTeX entry
@Article { WegEtal:2007:IFA_2727,
    author={M. Wegmueller and A. Kuhn and J. Froehlich and M. Oberle and N. Felber and N. Kuster and W. Fichtner},
    title={{An Attempt to Model the Human Body as a Communication
	  Channel}},
    journal={IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering},
    year={2007},
    volume={54},
    number={10},
    pages={1851--7},
    month=oct,
    url={http://control.ee.ethz.ch/index.cgi?page=publications;action=details;id=2727}
}
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