The Body-Area-Network: Wide Open

By JDavis | 11/22/09 3:50 PM

Though still relatively new, the technology sector known as Body Area Networks (BANs) is developing rapidly, with major government and corporate players -- such as the FCC and GE -- currently working on projects to further sensor networks that monitor the human body and wirelessly transmit data to healthcare professionals. The possible applications extend far beyond remote doctor/patient communications and include military and sports contexts. Unfortunately, security issues aren’t yet seriously on the table.

According to a recent ZDNet blog, there has been a large amount of activity surrounding BANs, including the establishment of the IEEE BAN Task Group (IEEE 802.15 Task Group 6) two years ago. According to ZDNet,

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