University of Bristol
Body Area Networks (BANs), targeting everywhere anytime health monitoring, operate in license-exempt frequency bands. They require a cross layer design that jointly considers the requirements of access delay to the medium and Packet Delivery Ratio (PDR). In this paper, the authors experimentally evaluate the PDR of a BAN under static and dynamic scheduling schemes. Investigations show that static multi-hop routing enhances PDR with the help of packet relaying, but at the cost of using more transmission slots in the shared medium, which may compromise access delay.