An Advanced and Secure Symbian-Based Mobile Approach for Body Sensor Networks Interaction

An Advanced and Secure Symbian-Based Mobile Approach for Body Sensor Networks Interaction

Orlando R. E. Pereira (University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal), João M. L. P. Caldeira (University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal, Instituto de Telecomunicações, Covilhã, Portugal and Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, Portugal) and Joel J. P. C. Rodrigues (Instituto de Telecomunicações, University of Beira Interior, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-101-6.ch410
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Abstract

The combination of body sensor networks (BSNs) and mobile devices brings a personalized health monitoring opportunity to patients and medical teams. Mobile devices may be used to process and present data collected by BSN sensors in an easy and meaningful way to users. The mobility of such systems improves patients’ quality of life, enabling continuous unobtrusive health monitoring during regular daily routine tasks. This paper presents a Symbian-powered smartphone based solution for BSN sensors data gathering, monitoring, and presentation. The systems’ sensor platform hardware provides an onboard long-term data storage module, enabling continuous data gathering even in the absence of the mobile device. The mobile device connects wirelessly to the BSN using Bluetooth technology, supporting interaction with multiple sinks. This system aims to help patients that need continuous monitoring of human bio-physiological parameters in a transparent and unobtrusive way. A case study is presented, based on a sensor for women’s core body temperature collection, enabling fertility follow up processing. The system was evaluated successfully, proving its usefulness in a real scenario. As a result, it is ready for regular use.
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Personal health monitoring aims to improve the healthcare services very close to patients. Nowadays, the proposal and construction of mobile and personal systems could provide a continuous monitoring of certain human parameters became a hot topic. These systems support long-term and continuous biofeedback of controlled parameters used for detection, control and monitor of several diseases. This section presents some projects of mobile and personal systems for healthcare.

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