Topology Selection Schema for Wireless Body Area Networks

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Topology selection is an important part of Wireless Body Area Networks (BAN) development. It effects the operation of the entire network stack. For example a mesh topology requires all the nodes to have routing capability. In this paper the authors propose and illustrate a novel method of topology selection for BANs that they refer to as a topology selection schema. The schema identifies and compares a broad range of parameters that should be considered in topology selection such as the use case scenario, environmental conditions, device capacity, and traffic related parameters. The schema allows cross-matching of BANs to these parameters to assess the suitability of a wide range of topologies.