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Body Sensor Networks (BSNs) have been developed for a set of performance-critical applications, including smart healthcare, assisted living, emergency response, athletic performance evaluation, and interactive controls. Many of these applications require stringent performance assurance in terms of communication throughput and bounded time delay. While solutions exist in literature for providing joint throughput and time delay assurance by proposing specific MAC protocols or extensions, the authors provide this joint assurance in a novel radio-agnostic manner. In their approach, the underlying MAC and PHY layers can be heterogeneous and their details do not need to be known to upper layers like the resource management.
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