Topology Selection Schema for Wireless Body Area Networks
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.