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Measurements-based performance evaluation of 3G wireless networks supporting m-health services

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Van Halteren, Aart
Nicola, Victor
Published in Chandra, S. & Venkatasubramanian, N. Proceedings of SPIE Multimedia Computing and Networking 2005. California (United States) - 19-20 January 2005 - Bellingham: SPIE International Society for Optics and Photonics. 2005, p. 12
Collection SPIE Proceedings; 5680
Abstract The emergence of 3G networks gives rise to new mobile services in many different areas of our daily life. Examples of demanding mobile services are mobile-healthcare (i.e. m-health) services allowing the continuous monitoring of a patient's vital signs. However, a prerequisite for the successful deployment of m-health services are appropriate performance characteristics of transport services offered by an underlying wireless network (e.g. 3G). In this direction, the EU MobiHealth1 project targeted the evaluation of 3G networks and their ability to support demanding m-health services. The project developed and trialled a patient monitoring system, evaluating at the same time the network's performance. This paper presents measurements based performance evaluation methodology developed and applied to assess network performance from an end-user perspective. In addition, it presents the (selected) speed-related evaluation (best-case scenario) results collected during the project. Our measurements show the dynamicity in the performance of 3G networks and phenomena negatively influencing this performance. Based on the evaluation results, we conclude that in-spite of certain shortcomings of existing 3G networks, they are suitable to support a significant set of m-health services. A set of recommendations provide a road map for both operators and service developers for design and deployment of m-health services.
Keywords M-health servicePerformance evaluation methodology3GMeasurements
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ISBN: 9780819456533
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WAC, Katarzyna et al. Measurements-based performance evaluation of 3G wireless networks supporting m-health services. In: Chandra, S. & Venkatasubramanian, N. (Ed.). Proceedings of SPIE Multimedia Computing and Networking 2005. California (United States). Bellingham : SPIE International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2005. p. 12. (SPIE Proceedings; 5680) https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:55868

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