consumer electronics / personal entertainment and other" [IEEE 802.15]. In more common terms, a Body Area Network is a system of devices in close proximity to a persons body that cooperate for the benefit of the user. This paper discusses several uses of the BAN technology As IEEE mentioned, the most obvious application of a BAN is in the medical sector, however there are also more recreational uses to BANs. This paper will discuss the technologies surrounding BANs, as well as several common applications for BANs. At the end of the paper we will briefly discuss the challenges associated with BANs and some solutions that are on the horizon.
BAN technology is still an emerging technology, and as such it has a very short history.
BAN technology emerges as the natural byproduct of existing sensor network technology
and biomedical engineering. Professor Guang-Zhong Yang was the first person to
formally define the phrase "Body Sensor Network" (BSN) with publication of his book
Body Sensor Networks in 2006. BSN technology represents the lower bound of power
and bandwidth from the BAN use case scenarios. However, BAN technology is quite
flexible and there are many potential uses for BAN technology in addition to BSNs.