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Time Synchronization In ANT Wireless Low Power Sensor Network
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Computer and Electrical Engineering. Jönköping University. Jönköping University, School of Engineering. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Robust Embedded Systems. (Embedded Systems)
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Short range wireless data communication networks that are used for sport and health care are sometimes called Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs) and they are located more or less on a person. Sole Integrated Gait Sensor (SIGS) is a research project in WBAN, where wireless pressure sensors are placed like soles in the shoes of persons with different kinds of deceases. The sensors can measure the pressure of the foot relative to the shoe i.e. the load of the two legs is measured. This information can be useful e.g. to not over or under load a leg after joint replacement or as a bio feedback system to help e.g. post stroke patients to avoid falling. The SIGS uses the ANT Protocol and radio specification. ANT uses the 2.4 GHz ISM band and TDMA is used to share a single frequency. The scheduling of time slots is adaptive isochronous co-existence i.e. the scheduling is not static and each transmitter sends periodically but checks for interference with other traffic on the radio channel. In this unidirectional system sole sensors are masters (transmitters) and the WBAN server is the slave in ANT sense. The message rate is chosen as 8 Hz which is suitable for low power consumption. Hence in the SIGS system, it is necessary to synchronize the left and the right foot sensors because of low message rate.

In our thesis, we found a method and developed a prototype to receive the time synchronized data in WBAN server from ANT wireless sensor nodes in SIGS system. For this thesis work, a hardware prototype design was developed. The USB and USART communication protocols were also implemented in the hardware prototype. The suitable method for time synchronization was implemented on the hardware prototype. The implemented method receives the sensor data, checks for the correct stream of data; add timestamp to the sensor data and transmit the data to the Linux WBAN server. The time slots allocation in the ANT protocol was found. Alternative solution for the time synchronization in ANT protocol was also provided. The whole SIGS system was tested for its full functionality. The experiments and analysis which we performed were successful and the results obtained provided good time synchronization protocol for ANT low power wireless sensor network and for Wireless Bio-feedback system.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 87 p.
Keyword [en]
Wireless Sensor Networks, Wireless Body Area Networks, Time Synchronization, Time Stamp Protocol, Global Clock Synchronization, ANT Protocol, Sole Integrated Gate Sensor, Health Care Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-15068OAI: diva2:418819
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JTH, Computer and Electrical Engineering
2011-05-23, E-3231, School Of Engineering, JTH, Jonkoping, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2011-05-26 Created: 2011-05-24 Last updated: 2011-05-26Bibliographically approved

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