Wireless Sensor for Medical Applications
There are many advantages to using 802.11 Wi-Fi connectivity in medical devices. Firstly, Wi-Fi is close to being ubiquitous, especially in medical establishments, and therefore no special provisions need be done at the infrastructure end. Secondly, the use of standard TCP/IP transport, as opposed to proprietary protocols, enables the monitors or servers to be present practically anywhere – within the premises on the LAN, or at any remote location via the internet. Thirdly, in comparison to alternatives like Zigbee or Bluetooth, WLAN provides longer range, higher throughput, and with the right implementation, better energy efficiency through the use of higher data rates translating to longer battery life. In particular, the 802.11n WLAN standard would provide the benefits of range, throughput performance, and interoperability; and would remain an ideal solution for these applications through future network upgrades.